Sunday 24th July, book launch at Paekakariki Railway Station, 3pm, poet, artist, novelist & historian, Michael O'Leary, is pleased to invite you to the launch of his autobiography, 'Die Bibel' published by Steele Roberts.
Below is the publisher's note for the back cover.
- DIE BIBEL
being the authoritative history of
Dr Michael John O’Leary, Earl of Seacliff
Die Bibel Michael O’leary
In 1998 the Oxford Companion to New Zealand Literature
described Michael O’Leary, the Earl of Seacliff, as a
publisher, poet, novelist, performer and bookshop
proprietor who has made a colourful contribution to the
literary scene: “Under his Earl of Seacliff
Art Workshop imprint he has published his
own prolific output as well as various other
writers, both alternative and main stream.”
The Companion noted that Michael’s
poetry and novels explore his heritage, “the
poetry more conventionally, the prose in an
alternative vein which owes something to
Joyce and Beckett.”
Since that time Michael has completed masters and
doctoral studies in New Zealand publishing and literature
at Victoria University, and has continued to write, publish
and sell books from his seaside earldom at Paekakariki.
Throughout Die Bibel he often uses his poems to express his
thoughts and feelings, and to pay tribute to extraordinary
people and events in his life. One of many highlights is
Psalm 34, ‘It’s not the leaving of Wellington’, an odyssey
around the capital city.
Die Bibel is the lively, candid journey of a man who has
lived a singular life in Aotearoa New Zealand and has made
an indelible contribution to its literature.
Author photo (at Paekakariki Railway Station): Lindsay Rabbitt
Front cover: Nigel Brown’s portrait of the Earl of Seacliff