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Mark Pirie's hip-hop article published

The Summer 2016 issue of Phantom Billsticker's Cafe Reader includes my article on hip-hop with a focus on Aotearoa homegrown hip-hop.

The article is the start of a series of essays I am writing for a longer memoir or book of autobiographical essays.

This essay focuses on my days as dee-jay at Radio Active in Wellington during my student years at Victoria University of Wellington 1993-1995.

It ranges over Aotearoa hip-hop and offers a potted history of its development in New Zealand.

I am very pleased to have my article published in a well-designed/edited and well-read production, which offers historical insights into the New Zealand music scene.

Phantom Billstickers do a great job getting the word out to the streets.

ESAW publishes Mark Pirie's Ride the Tempest

In December, a book of my uncollected early poems 1993-1995 was published by the Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop (ESAW).

ESAW has published a number of my books previously, and this new book is meant as an archival edition for libraries but not for commercial sale in bookshops.

Libraries are welcome to purchase copies from the publisher: [email protected]

Here's the link:

ESAW Christmas Surprise 2016 released

The latest ESAW Christmas Surprise 2016 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:



broadsheet 18 features David Karena-Holmes

The latest issue of my journal broadsheet, no.18, November 2016, features the Nelson-based poet David Karena-Holmes.

The issue celebrates his long-term commitment to the writing of poetry.

Others included are: Nick Ascroft, Tony Beyer, Kay McKenzie Cooke, David Eggleton, Brentley Frazer (Australia), Rob Hack, Hugh Isdale, Peter Olds, Mark Pirie, Blair Reeve, Richard Reeve, Nicholas Reid, Michael Steven and MaryJane Thomson.

Here's the link: