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.