Die Bibel

Michael O'Leary


Being the authoritative history of Dr Michael John O’Leary, Earl of Seacliff.

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Die Bibel is the harrowing/entertaining/ inspiring chronicle of a singular bohemian journey in Aotearoa New Zealand. Anecdotes about Baxter, Tuwhare and a vivid array of other writers, artists, musicians, friends and lovers season the story of a man who has overcome considerable obstacles to fulfil his creative destiny and cultivate his distinctive lifestyle.

As long ago as 1998 the Oxford Companion to New Zealand Literature described Michael O’Leary as a publisher, poet, novelist, performer and bookseller who has made a colourful contribution to the literary scene. His Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop imprint has published around 170 books — his own prolific output (the Companion noted that Michael’s own prose owes something to Joyce and Beckett) and many other writers, alternative and mainstream.

In recent years Michael has completed masters and doctoral studies in New Zealand publishing and literature, and has continued to write, publish and sell books from his seaside earldom at Paekakariki. Die Bibel includes a generous selection of Michael’s poems, which express his feelings and pay tribute to extraordinary people and events in his life.

About the author

Michael O’Leary is a poet, novelist, publisher, performer and bookshop proprietor who has been a magnetic figure for many other contemporary New Zealand writers. He writes in both English and Māori; and his diverse and prolific work in poetry, fiction and non-fiction explores his dual heritage: Māori on his maternal side and Irish Catholic on his father’s as well as his mother’s. Born in Auckland in the year of the Tiger 1950, he was educated at the universities of Auckland, Otago (Dunedin), and Victoria University (Wellington).

His Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop imprint (inspired by Andy Warhol’s ‘Factory’, the Beatles’ Apple label, and John and Yoko’s ‘Plastic Ono Band’), which he founded in 1984, has published some of his own prolific output, as well as many other New Zealand writers. This press has also featured books by writers from other countries, including the first versions of Richard Berengarten’s series, Manual, in four mini-books (2005–2009). The 240-page A-Z compilation, 25 Years of the Earl of Seacliff (ed. Mark Pirie, 2009), documents Michael O’Leary’s versatile and influential oeuvre.

Michael O’Leary is a trustee for the Poetry Archive of New Zealand Aotearoa (PANZA), a charitable trust dedicated to archiving, collecting and promoting New Zealand poetry. He now lives in Paekakariki, north of Wellington.

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Dimensions 170 × 235 × 18 mm

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