The Irish Annals of New Zealand [NOOK Book]

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The Irish Annals of New Zealand was written to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the founding of New Zealand as an English colony in 1840. The novel is a Joycean 'tour de force' through the history of NZ from the Irish point of view rather than the English one. It follows the story of a New Zealander with Irish ancestry who is travelling from Auckland to Wellington on the overnight train. Drunk and disorientated he opens the wrong door of the train and falls off in the wintry snow of the Central North Island...

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The Irish Annals of New Zealand

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Overview

The Irish Annals of New Zealand was written to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the founding of New Zealand as an English colony in 1840. The novel is a Joycean 'tour de force' through the history of NZ from the Irish point of view rather than the English one. It follows the story of a New Zealander with Irish ancestry who is travelling from Auckland to Wellington on the overnight train. Drunk and disorientated he opens the wrong door of the train and falls off in the wintry snow of the Central North Island in the middle of the night. His skull is cracked and the matter slowly oozing out of his brain becomes the novel. He is visited by has Maori and Irish ancestors and a series of surreal and fanciful characters during his long cold night and his life is slowly ebbing away. Both satirical and historical this novel shows another side of the New Zealand story as the 'Official' 150 years of British Government in its many guises is celebrated.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940033163076
  • Publisher: Michael O'Leary
  • Publication date: 3/12/2012
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 220 KB

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Kia ora tātauHe mihi kia koutouMā te ako ka māramaMā te mārama ka mātauMā te mātau ka oraHorahia te marinoHorahia i RotoruaTukua te rangi mo te ruriKia rerehu – i.E hinawa – e!Nō reira: tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa.By learning comes understandingThrough understanding comes knowledge and wisdomThrough knowledge and wisdom comes life and well-beingSpread out below lies Rotorua Lake;How calm and still it lies!This is our day for dance and songHow far will the sound travel!My name is Michael O’Leary, I was born in Auckland in 1950. This whakatauki is a mixture of two works: the first tells of the importance of knowledge and wisdom as life-affirming aspects of being a human in this world, the second comes from my own tribal roots and tells of the natural world, and how we must celebrate both the natural and human worlds in song and dance, and most writers, academic or otherwise, often ask the question: ‘How far will my voice and words travel?’I am a writer, poet, novelist, artist and publisher, my Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop imprint has published over 120 titles of New Zealand literary works and in 2009 we celebrated 25 years of publishing. My own writing includes five novels, ten volumes of poetry, short stories, plus several non-fiction publications. My writing has been published in anthologies and my art work has been shown in galleries. In 2010 I had a work on display at Pataka in Porirua as part of the exhibition celebrating poet Alistair Campbell’s life and work. I have also worked with several Kapiti musicians who recorded a CD of songs inspired by my poetry which came out late in 2011. In the 1990s several of my songs were recorded by the Dunedin Irish band Blackthorn. In 1996 I was awarded my BA from Otago University and an MA in English from Victoria University in 2002.More recently I completed a PhD in the Gender and Women’s Studies Department at Victoria University. My thesis is titled ‘Social and Literary Constraints on Women Writers in New Zealand 1945 to 1970’, that is, from the end of WW2 up to the feminist movement of the late 1960s and 1970s. In the thesis is a chapter on Māori women writers of the period, much of which was previously unavailable. 'Unlevel Crossings', my novel was published by Huia Publishers in 2002 My CD Fences Fall released in 2011. In 2012 I have published a book of my artwork over the last 40 years simply titled 'Artist'.
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