Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Poet's Autobiography Launch this Sunday

Sunday 24th July, book launch at Paekakariki Railway Station, 3pm, poet, artist, novelist & historian, Michael O'Leary, is pleased to invite you to the launch of his autobiography, 'Die Bibel' published by Steele Roberts.

Below is the publisher's note for the back cover.

    Michael O’Leary
    being the authoritative history of 
    Dr Michael John O’Leary, Earl of Seacliff
    Die Bibel Michael O’leary

  • In 1998 the Oxford Companion to New Zealand Literature
    described Michael O’Leary, the Earl of Seacliff, as a
    publisher, poet, novelist, performer and bookshop
    proprietor who has made a colourful contribution to the
    literary scene: “Under his Earl of Seacliff
    Art Workshop imprint he has published his
    own prolific output as well as various other
    writers, both alternative and main stream.” 
    The Companion noted that Michael’s
    poetry and novels explore his heritage, “the
    poetry more conventionally, the prose in an
    alternative vein which owes something to
    Joyce and Beckett.”

  • Since that time Michael has completed masters and
    doctoral studies in New Zealand publishing and literature
    at Victoria University, and has continued to write, publish
    and sell books from his seaside earldom at Paekakariki.
    Throughout Die Bibel he often uses his poems to express his
    thoughts and feelings, and to pay tribute to extraordinary
    people and events in his life. One of many highlights is
    Psalm 34, ‘It’s not the leaving of Wellington’, an odyssey
    around the capital city.

  • Die Bibel is the lively, candid journey of a man who has
    lived a singular life in Aotearoa New Zealand and has made
    an indelible contribution to its literature.
    Author photo (at Paekakariki Railway Station): Lindsay Rabbitt
    Front cover: Nigel Brown’s portrait of the Earl of Seacliff

1 comment:

Frank Doogan said...

Wonderful! No doubt it is a wonderful and witty piece.