William (Bill) Direen


Mindful Expanded
is out now on Thokei Tapes.
It has 99% of the material recorded
during a sweaty breath-taking week in a Berlin
Gallery. Available for purchase from


Garage Magazine complete is out on Hozac
with interviews with Peter Jefferies, David Kilgour
and others including Bill Direen!


This official Split Seconds video
was actually shot in 1984, but never edited.
Here it is at long last:

Split Seconds can now be ordered.
Ltd edition of 100 on red vinyl is sold out.
For the edition of 200 on black vinyl
check https://bilders.bandcamp.com

plus (with purchase of LP)
100 Years of Darkness
poems about film/s
and film music.
A beautiful edition
printed in the U.S.A.

Order now


Download the submission to parliament
suggesting a full inquiry into
the acquisitions and disposals policy
of NZ's National Library.


A happy event with wine and sammies
at the Dunedin Public Library
on (NZ) National Poetry Day
with music by Will Martin trio.
Reading: the Highway 87 segment
 from the poem Seasons.
Thanks to the organisers.


Re: the 2022/3 volumes of poetry
Seasons William Direen
ISBN 978-19911671-0-1
Stream Light
with illustrations by Scott Flanagan
ISBN: 1-9911671-3-X
Both books are 72pp., soft cover, RRP $22

For research or review copies
& retail orders
please CONTACT

To buy online
(other products available)

Nelson: Volume Bookshop, 15 Church St Nelson 7010. In stock.
Christchurch: Scorpio Books, 120 Hereford Street, BNZ Centre, Christchurch 8011. Out of stock.
Dunedin: UBS Otago, HD Skinner Annex, Otago Museum Reserve, Dunedin 9016. In stock
Wellington: Unity Books, 57 Willis St, Wellington 6011.
or instore at Flying Out, 80 Pitt St, Auckland 1010.

For MAIL ORDER in USA go to

Grapefruit (Omaha)

or Sophomore Lounge (Kentucky)


Library collections of the world
vandalised, bombed, burned and pillaged
over the centuries
asking to retain our NZNL
international library collections
has been presented to parliament
who have decided to do nothing.
Hear the song/see the video
with Wellington Monopoly board
Robert Scott of (The Clean/BATS) and Bill Direen (Bilders)
The free anthology of writers
opposed to National Library erasing international
writing from our national collections

  has been distributed in 100s of cafés.

Hats Off to Phantom Billstickers
for their support of independent thought.



Tune Counter Tune
from the album M.A.L.A
A tetraptych video
from the studio of John Morrison
Statement of Concern
In November 2020 the NZ National LIbrary
sold 50,000 books in a rummage sale.
The books were from the 624,000 strong NZ ‘Overseas Collection’.
They promise to destroy NZ's national collection
of "overseas published" books
gathered over many decades since the foundation
of the General Assembly Library in the 1860s.
The directors of the National Library wish to restrict
and remove its international aspect,
which has kept us in the loop with other National Libraries
while encouraging international exchanges of thought and feeling
through literature, history and up-to-date research.
Please register your concern
at this by all legal means.
Beris Forde of OAR talks with William DIreen
about the worsening situation.
World of the Winds
by Bilders/John Morrsion
launched on Bandcamp
31 January, 2021
Bandcamp proceeds go to the campaign
to prevent NZ National Library from performing hara kiri.
Limited edition cassette
from May 1st, 2021
Thokhei Tapes
Hamburg Germany
It's a treat to have a lyric published
on thick warm paper and in great company.
Cheers to Mark and Michael at Broadsheet,
and to Chris for querying punctuation
and vagaries.
It's already sold out but click on this
to read at high rezz.
It is dedicated to German tour manager
Dirk Hugsam.
Also, I have been made aware
of a full video of a show from 1995, in Boston
on You Tube.
Original sound track of the documentary film
A Memory of Others, dir. Simon Ogston, a
a double LP of all tunes referenced in the film.
Liner notes by Byron Coley.
Comes with free download of the 90m film.
rear ost
Postage outside of USA may vary
or pick up a copy in NZ from Flying Out.
John Morrison and Matthew Swanson
have joined hands over the oceans--animation,
floating signifiers and Super 8 by surf legend
Gremmy of the south Australian coast.
Canadian-based hand-made mag
Celluloid Lunch #4 has plenty of reading
and photos, including an interview
covering Ferocious, recent collaborations
and weird stuff.
New Zealand art and music critic
William Dart
a guided tour
through decades of music

recent work
Radio NZ Concert
Sunday 31st May at 5pm
with Podcast to follow.
I've been made aware of a couple of postings:
A review by Lindsay Rabbitt of Enclosures
(a series of composite novels)
in the NZ literary journal LANDFALL
(thanks Landfall and Lindsay Rabbit)
Filmmaker John Morrison, familiar to Builders followers
for many brilliant clips has come up with a new short film.
The Trip Slug Navigates
Due to Covid-19
upcoming Builders and Ferocious shows are cancelled.
We urge you to shop. Listen at your leisure:
For vinyl or digital album, or Bandcamp streaming of
"Bill Direen" (Builders/bilderine ... 1980-present)
Liner notes by music critic Byron Coley
Gatefold sleeve with photos and all detailed info.
For CD purchase (with booklet) or digital stream
of complete collaborative album Ferocious (2020).
The custom pack Ferocious CD comes with
a multi-page lyric booklet and information.
Audio Foundation Auckland Fri Feb 28th w. Tanktop
Auckland Fringe Town Hall Feb 29th 2pm
Pyramid Club Wellington Sat Feb 29th w. Hermione Johnson
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USA Tour Diary in poem form
2020. 40pp available Flying Out from Feb 28
Christchurch Builders
First outing for 2020
St Asaph St, Christchurch
7 Feb

November 2019
I am now on tour. It will be best now
if you check local networks for details.
Readings in Republic of Serbia courtesy of
Partizanska Knjiga
U.S. dates thanks to Chris Davis
Thu Nov 28 - Brisbane QLD - Phase 4 Records & Cassettes
Brisbane live with The Garbage & the Flowers
Fri Nov 29 - Auckland NZ - Audio Foundation
with Ron Gallipoli by Candlelight (featuring Hermione Johnson)
Sat Nov 30 - Pyramid Club - Wellington NZ.

double-LP release SL100
by Sophomore Lounge (see below).
Will have copies for sale on tour.
Pick up a copy from us if you can catch a show
or pre-order a mailed copy right now.
All and full versions of music from the documentary
plus free download of the Simon Ogston directed film
Bill Direen, a Memory of Others
(postage outside USA may vary)
October 2019 review
of the short story collection Combustions
by Serbian writer Srdan Srdic
may be viewed here.
The debut album by Wellington project FEROCIOUS
a spoken word, electric guitar, drums and organ album,
(me, Mark Williams and Jo Contag)
will be released by NZ label, Rattle,
February 2020
Proud to be published in the land
of Milorad Pavic and Emir Kusturica.
The translation by Milan Pupezin
tells the story of a refugee in Berlin
from the former Yugoslavia.
Pelen Dirin
Cover of English language edition
sold at readings/performances.
2019 epic production in NZ.
Thrilled that Bilders music will feature
in the cinematic component of France Hervé's
Transnational poet Lisa Samuels discusses a poem sequence
from   Enclosures 2   in the third section of this essay
Screenings of the Ogston documentary
A Memory of Others
are planned in the coming weeks/months
of 2019 on Sky Rialto channel
End of a busy year. My thanks to friends and colleagues
for many fruitful exchanges throughout 2018.
Arts Hub OAR Dunedin
And here with Anna Livesy Ears Wide Open,
about the paperback Enclosures series (1 to 4)
New interview here: On writing.
The Open Book, Aucklan
Theatre-Music "Armistice" Show
New Athenaeum Theatre, Dunedin Fri/Sat November 9/10
improvisation/song with ensmble Stuart Porter (sax),
William Henry Meung (synth), Alex Wolken (p),
Greig Bainbridge (electric bass), Susan Ellis(tr),
Brendon Ryniker (dr), Pania Simmonds (acoustic bass).
final theatre show
Grainstore, Oamaru
Sunday November 11, 4pm
Auckland Book Launch
Monday 1st. The Open Book. 201 Ponsonby Rd.
Book launch with special guests Lisa Samuels
and Tru Paraha
Launch & readings
The Open Book, 201 Ponsonby Rd
Monday 1st October 2018, 6pm
12th October. Home again Builders reunion,
Dark Room, Christchurch
with Greig Bainbridge and Stuart Page
Thanks to all who took part in the 2018 show
about the Depression,
the Crash 1920s and more.
Closing shows are at Athenaeum Theatre Dunedin
on November 9th and 10th, 8:30pm.
and at Grainstore in Oamaru,
on 11th November at 4pm.
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Podcast with Simon Sweetman 2018