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broadsheet 23 features Margaret Jeune

The issue of my journal broadsheet, no.23, May 2019, features the Auckland-born poet Margaret Jeune, of Wellington.

The issue gives an overview of her poetry from the 1970s till now. In 2019 my publishing company, HeadworX, published two books of her poetry.

It's nice to recognise and to feature a poet who has remained outside of book publication but has been widely represented in regional journals and anthologies and has pubished consistent work over a long period of time.

Others included were: Anita Arlov, Karen Peterson Butterworth, Tony Chad, Bill Dacker, Michael Duffett (USA), Brentley Frazer (Australia), Siobhan Harvey, Alex Jeune, Margaret Jeune, Annie Newcomer (USA), Alistair Paterson, Mark Raffills, P V Reeves (1927-2019), Marion Rego, Bill Sutton and Gill Ward.

Here's the link:

Mark Pirie privately publishes biography of Tom Lawn

In December 2018, I produced a hardback edition of my biography Tom Lawn, Mystery Forward, for my family and research libraries or museums in New Zealand.

The book took me around six years to research, edit and produce. I hope it contains some information of value to fellow researchers of farm machinery/implements and rugby of the 1920s and 1930s in Auckland and Canterbury.

I see it as mainly a family history project, and haven’t tried to market or sell it commercially.

It was privately published by Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop and included in their non-fiction list.

Mark Pirie's new book Electrimotive published

My new collection of poetry, Electrimotive, a book of music poems, has recently been published by Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop.

Subjects are diverse and typically range across musical genres: jazz, blues, pop, rock, soul, country, metal and classical.

The book is no. 33 in the relaunched ESAW Mini Series.

Here's the link:

HeadworX publishes new books by Margaret Jeune and Michael Duffett (USA)

In the first half of 2019, my publishing company HeadworX will release three new poetry books: The Presence of Love: Poems Selected and New by Michael Duffett, California, USA, and Flight Paths and Upbeat: Selected Early Poems 1969-1987 by Margaret Jeune. Upbeat is published under Margaret's maiden name Margaret Webb.

Michael Duffett’s selection (which I put together) comprises mainly new material along with some earlier poems and an article about his lecture tour and visit to New Zealand in 1979. It’s a significant addition to his poetry publication history and the HeadworX list. As an Associate Professor at San Joaquin Delta College, Califorinia, he has published extensively in prose and verse. As an actor (among other roles) he has appeared in the final episodes of the TV series, Magnum, P.I.

Margaret Jeune has been writing since childhood when she was first published in the Children’s Page of the Wellington newspaper, The Evening Post. Her two books represent mainly the best of her poetry that she wished to have collected at this stage. Upbeat covers her early writing period (1969-1987) and Flight Paths covers her writing from the past 30 years.

It's another significant editing achievement to select and publish these titles.

For more details on each book, please visit the HeadworX website:

The Presence of Love: Poems Selected and New by Michael Duffett

Flight Paths by Margaret Jeune

Upbeat: Selected Early Poems 1969-1987 by Margaret Webb