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HeadworX releases new books: football poetry and Collected Poems by Michael O'Leary

In May and July, my publishing company HeadworX released two new poetry books: Collected Poems 1981-2016 by Michael O'Leary and Boots: A Selection of Football Poetry 1890-2017.

O'Leary's Collected Poems is a major compilation of his work to date, spanning 35 years of his writing-life, and at 260 pages a considerable editing feat on my part.

Boots is an anthology of football poetry by international contributors, which was first published as a special football issue of my periodical broadsheet. This new edition features new material found in the past four years, including poems by the late Dannie Abse and Alan Ross (renowned UK poets)

It's a real achievement to publish both of these titles.

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

Collected Poems 1981-2016 by Michael O'Leary

Boots: A Selection of Football Poetry by Mark Pirie

HeadworX releases new books by Brentley Frazer and MaryJane Thomson

In August and September, my publishing company HeadworX released two new poetry books by Brentley Frazer, of Brisbane, Australia, and MaryJane Thomson, of Wellington.

Frazer's book combines major new sequences with shorter lyrical, concrete and prose poems, and gives a generational sense of what it means to be an urban Australian looking into the future. A 21st century apocalyptic howl from the cities: Aboriginal to nowhere.

Thomson’s book, Songs of the City, is the third collection by her and continues the development in her poetic since her second collection Lonely Earth. Songs of the City ranges over contemporary issues and offers a generational assessment of a technologically driven world.

I’m very pleased to be publishing both of these titles by two excellent Australasian poets.

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

Aboriginal to Nowhere by Brentley Frazer

Songs of the City by MaryJane Thomson



Mark Pirie in Jacket2, USA

Recently, I appeared along with the Poetry Archive of NZ Aotearoa in Jacket2, USA, in a series of commentaries by Vaughan Rapatahana on the small press and poetry scene in New Zealand.

“One such example of sterling input is the invaluable Poetry Archive of New Zealand. As Mark Pirie points out to us, ‘I co-organise the Poetry Archive of New Zealand Aotearoa (with Dr Michael O’Leary and Dr Niel Wright, the founders) collecting poets back to the nineteenth century. There are more good poets than people realize reading mainstream historical anthologies of New Zealand poetry. I have realized this fairly recently after wasted years of looking at and learning from selective, academic anthologies ever since I was a student. Since 2010, I have edited the quarterly Poetry Archive newsletter Poetry Notes. This has featured many forgotten historical New Zealand poets and presented highly original research by myself, Rowan Gibbs, Niel Wright, and Michael O’Leary. The National Library of New Zealand online research tools like Papers Past have been vital to this rediscovery of early New Zealand poetry too. Poets like Robert J Pope, Ivy Gibbs, and A. Stanley Sherratt have had their work republished.’ It needs to be made clear that these three guys receive no emolument for their earnest endeavours and do rely on donations of both funds and poetry texts to proliferate their resource, ‘so very good historical and contemporary poets don’t get missed.’ Stalwarts all, indeed.”

Vaughan Rapatahana also interviewed me on HeadworX, JAAM and publishing poetry in New Zealand and ran a poem of mine as well as mentioning my featuring of Mahinarangi Tocker in broadsheet no. 10.

It was great to be profiled so prominently overseas, and Vaughan gave me considerable understanding and recognition for my literary work.

Here are the links to Vaughan's articles:

Slam, slam ... & thank you Mams, Vaughan Rapatahana, in Jacket2 Commentaries, USA, 2015 (online).

'Small' poetry publishers and publications, Vaughan Rapatahana, in Jacket2 Commentaries, USA, 2015 (online).

A certain 'Je ne sais quoi' — Percutio with JAAM, Vaughan Rapatahana, in Jacket2 Commentaries, USA, 2015 (online).

Ngā Kaituhi Wāhine Māori — Māori Women Writers,'Vaughan Rapatahana, in Jacket2 Commentaries, USA, 2015 (online).

ESAW Christmas Surprise 2015 released

The latest ESAW Christmas Surprise 2015 has been released by Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop, in conjunction with my press HeadworX and the Poetry Archive of NZ Aotearoa (PANZA).

The booklet includes some of my poems along with works by Michael O'Leary, B. E. Turner and F. W. Nielsen Wright.

A small token of appreciation for our friends and clients at Christmas time.

Click on the link to view the free ebook and download it: