Monday, November 12, 2007

Simpson, Jane

Jane Simpson (b. 1958)


Aotearoa NZ Poetry Sound Archive (2004):


1. At St Peters, Teddington
2. … dribbling down
3. Tiritiri sleeps
4. Hine rau tï-pinaki, he arero wahine
5. Life cycle
6. They just keep coming
7. Death fashions
8. Horny and Holy
9. The exhibit
10. The empty womb
11. Alone of all her sex
12. Eternal moment
13. Motherhood is not an abstract noun
14. Wearing leftovers
15. My beautiful balloon
16. Milk-maker
17. Up in the air
18. Meat poi
19. Food for feelings

Bio / Bibliography:

Name - Jane Mary Ramsay Simpson (Dr)

Date of birth- 20 May 1958, Benton, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England.
Dual New Zealand/British citizenship. Resident in NZ since July 1958.

Qualifications - 1992: Ph.D. (Otago)
1987: B.A. (Hons) in History, First Class Honours (Waikato)
1981: Christchurch Teachers’ College Diploma (Sec. Division)

Awards/Grants - 2001: New Zealand Hymnbook Trust, $1,000 grant
2000: Creative New Zealand, $5,000 writer’s grant
1996: University of Canterbury Research Grant, $16,000.
1987-88: Ross Fellow, Knox College, University of Otago

Career - 1999- Writer and researcher, historian, poet and composer
1993-99: Lecturer in Religious Studies, Dept of Philosophy and Religious Studies, University of Canterbury.
1984: Journalist (Grade 3) Suburban Newspapers Ltd, Auckland
1982: Secondary School Teacher, Rangiora New Life School.
1979-1980: Journalist, Radio Rhema, Christchurch and Wellington.


2002: Candlewick Kelp, Christchurch, Poets’ Group. [woodblock prints by Michel Tuffery]
Welcome the dawn, Christchurch, Godzone Hymns [9 hymns and songs]
Tussocks Dancing, Christchurch, Godzone Hymns [CD & 32p.booklet of hymn-texts]
‘Tussocks Dancing: the story from divine encounter to CD’, Stimulus. V10no4: 26-29.

2001: Tussocks Dancing, Christchurch, Godzone Hymns [10 hymns and songs]
‘ “Tussocks dancing”: the story of one of the newest hymns from New Zealand’, Vashti’s Voices. no.2/8: 14-17.
‘At St. Peter’s, Teddington’, An exchange of gifts, edited by John O’Connor, Wellington, New Zealand Poetry Society: 45.

2000: ‘Melancholia and depression: the creative edge.’ Social Alternatives. v19no3: 25-31.
‘Honouring Religious Diversity in New Zealand Education after the Treaty of Waitangi, 1840-1877.’ Mapping the Landscape: Essays in Australian and New Zealand Christianity; Festschrift in Honour of Professor Ian Breward, Series: American University Studies IX, History, v.193, 332-352. Eds. Susan Emilsen and William W. Emilsen. New York: Peter Lang.

1999: ‘Päkehä whakapapa: Welcoming a New Academic in a Ritual of Room Blessing.’ Journal of Ritual Studies, v13no1: 53-62.

1998: ‘Joseph W. Kemp’ & ‘Joan Spencer-Smith’ Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, v4, Auckland, Auckland University Press and Wellington, Department of Internal Affairs, 1998: 269-70, 289-90
‘Lay piety in New Zealand’, Oral History in New Zealand, v9, 1998: 11-14.

1997: ‘Io as Supreme Being: intellectual colonization of the Maori?’, History of Religions, v37no1, 1997: 50-85

1993: ‘Women and asceticism in the fourth century’, In Everet Ferguson with David Scholar and Corby Finney (eds.) Women in early Christianity, v14 of series
Studies in early Christianity, Hamden, CT, Garland Publishing, 1993: 296-318


John C. England (Dr) said...

Great to get full info' on Jane. Can you give me her current e-mail address please? Many thanks.
John England

Dr Jack Ross said...

For confidentiality reasons, I'm afraid that all I can do on this site is post comments. Any follow-up contacts are up to the author concerned.

Unknown said...

Hi Jane,
Love your poem At St Peter's Teddington. I'm researching social connections and have parents, grandparent, great grandparents, great great grandparents buried there.
What is your connection with St Peters. Do you have relatives buried in the peaceful graveyard?

I would love to hear from you. Merry Christmas and happy writing. Linda McFarlane ChCh