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Percutio (#8, 2014). A few copies still available.

Utopia Rag (2013), stories around a loosely-knit pop band, is sold out. 60 copies. Novel. ISBN: 0-9582534-7-1.

The Ballad of Rue Belliard (2012) set on the periphery of Paris filled #48 of the subscription journal brief is sold out (I think). 100 copies. Handbound.

Versions Translations (2012), a personal selection of European poems, translated, is sold out. 53 copies, handbound. Review

Devonport, A Diary (2010) was letterpress printed and handbound for Holloway Press (now closed down). 100 copies.

Some responses:
To Wormwood -- “Entropy and death read as metaphors for the implosion of post-war Europe and the failure of capitalism.”[1]
To Song of the Brakeman -- “a vividly conceived world here, manifesting slowly and brilliantly through its accumulating signs”.[2]


The Bilders are groups of various musicians and friends, known for their live approach to music making and a recording style that has produced “many genuine classic compositions". Dix, John
Stranded in Paradise
(Photos: Murray Cammick (top) & Jess McCann)


Dynamite Hemorrhage hard copy magazine.

SmartGuy planning a compilation for 2015. SmartGuy's release of The Utopians EP warmly received. Analog sounds from a West Melbourne bunker studio, a phasey ballad from Auckland, a live extract from the European mini-tour -- available on vinyl + download.

Coming up. A Robbie Burns poem set to original (ok then, "gaelic-folky") Bilders music. The Burns compilation is from Euro-kiwi Zelle Records.

Recent gigs: Solo workout at Auckland Audio Foundation. Reunion of 1985 Bilders the following night. Dunedin one-off with Robbie Yeats & Greig. Solo spot at Instants Chavirées Paris aiding & abetting aussi friends. Album Flavour of the Meat with Hamish Kilgour, David Watson (bagpipes, 335) and Miggy Littleton has pleased many. (Grapefruit Records).

UNWUCHT's 12" re-releases admired for careful quality production of archival recordings. Even more are in the pipeline. A Democrazy bootleg of live recordings 1982-83 has been snatched up. Two Siltbreeze Vacuum 7 inches generated plenty interest in the USA. More specials planned 2015.

Sales of CDs (made from 2006-2010) have come to an end, definitively.


Bill Direen works with musicians, artists and performers in non-binding non-contractual agreements.
Over the years, he's received funding or non-alligned financial support from:
Queen Elizabeth Arts Council of NZ, Goethe Institut, Southern Regional Arts Council of NZ, Auckland University & Michael King Writers' Centre in assocaition with Creative NZ Arts Council of NZ Toi Aotearoa, Phantom Billstickers (NZ).

1. Virginia Were, NZ Listener, 23 June 1997
2. Jen Crawford, Landfall 214, November 2007

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