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BEATIN HEARTS (LP black vinyl, 1982) will be accompanied by a 7 inch EP: 4 new songs recorded in NZ and the USA. A Beatin Hearts Rerelease Tour is happening in October. I'll be playing with musicians all over my country, New Zealand.
The tour will be filmed by Bellbird Pictures.
The new novel ENCLOSURES #2, is now available, I'll be giving readings in bookshops and taking part in collective readings with other writers in different cities.

Octagon Poetry Collective invited me to read recently Tuesday May 24th. Saxophonist Stuart Porter joined in for Elegy for Alan Brunton. There is talk of another music-poetry event, in October, with David Eggleton, Ian Loughran, Ian Chapman and Lynely Edmeades.
Bill Direen OctPoe

Enclosures 2 is available at selected bookshops and online @ $24.95 (NZ). Postage is included for NZ and overseas (for single orders).


Broadsheet 17 includes a poem of mine about a plunge into Taupo.

PROJECT: Ferox collaboration went off a treat at Pyramid Club, Taranaki St, Wellington. 7-9 April 2016. There could be an album in this, twelve new pieces of music written by all three. Mixing and mastering to come.
Ferox1
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Collected Fiction download
Passive erasure of a people in captivity. An Englishman entangled in a petty art theft in Paris. A wealth-connected virus. Overdose and coma. A population wakes up in a biosphere, is fed regularly, develops its own laws and stimulants, and is divided between law-enforcing cannibals and dreamers. A madman hears the voice of God and prophesies the downfall of his city; he goes mad when his people are not destroyed. New Zealand at war in a post-apocalyptic ecological nightmare. This is the stuff of my novels so far (1997-2016).
Sample them for free here
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The latest issue of lit-mag Percutio (2015) assembled the strange and the wonderful from several countries.
Percutio/JAAM Commentary at Jacket2.

The Ballad of Rue Belliard (novel, 2012) was set on the outskirts of Paris. brief #48.

Wormwood (novel, 1997) -- “Entropy and death read as metaphors for the implosion of post-war Europe and the failure of capitalism.”[Virginia Were, NZ Listener, 23 June 1997]

Song of the Brakeman (novel, 2006) --“a vividly conceived world here, manifesting slowly and brilliantly through its accumulating signs”.[Jen Crawford, Landfall 214, November 2007]

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