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POETRY BROADSHEETS : Jenny Bornholdt + Brendan O'Brien





Poet: Jenny Bornholdt
Poem: Lost and Somewhere Else
Printer: Brendan O’Brien
Medium: Original letterpress prints on Lana Royal Printmaking Paper
Date: 2016
Size: 280 x 198 mm
Limited Edition of 9


Jenny Bornholdt is a poet and anthologist. She was described in the Otago Daily Times as  “… one of New Zealand's best-loved poets. She allows her poems to immerse themselves in marvellous details of everyday life. Constantly through the years she has served up poems rich in anecdote and incident... Jenny writes about all the important things in life: love, sex, family and memories...”
Holding a BA in English Literature and a Diploma in Journalism in 1984 she attended Bill Manhire’s original composition course at Victoria University of Wellington. Bornholdt is the author of a number of collections of poetry including: The Hill of Wool (2012), The Rocky Shore (2008), which won the Montana New Zealand Book Award for Poetry, 2009, Summer (2003) and These Days (2000). She has, with her husband poet Gregory O’Brien, edited a collection of New Zealand love poetry My Heart Goes Swimming (1996) and they, with Mark Williams, edited An Anthology of New Zealand Poetry in English (1997), which won the 1997 Montana New Zealand Book Award for Poetry. In 2003 she spent 6 months in Menton, France as the 2002 Meridian Energy Katherine Mansfield Fellow. In 2005 she was named New Zealand's Poet Laureate and 2009 the Victoria University Writers' Fellow. Her poems have been selected for the online collection Best New Zealand Poems.



Brendan O’Brien has been printing for over two decades now having bought his first press printing press in 1993. Between 2000-2002 he was the resident artist at the Rita Angus Cottage, during which time he established his Fernbank Studio imprint for hand-printed books. The name derives from the cottage Angus lived in. In 2005 as the Printer in Residence at Otago University he collaborated with Ralph Hotere and Bill Manhire to hand-print an edition of the ‘Pine’ poems. In July 2015, Brendan returned to Otago University as the University Library Printer in Residence to handprint a limited edition of 100 copies of ?Κ?ΩΚΑΙΔΕΚΑ (Eighteen) poems from ancient Greek texts translated by, the 2013-2015 New Zealand Poet Laureate Vincent O’Sullivan with illustrations by Barry Cleavin.
In the catalogue ‘Fernbank Studio - Away, Past, Elsewhere’ a Christchurch Art Gallery Outer Spaces Project 2013, curated to coincide with National Poetry Day, Peter Vangioni wrote, “The hand-printed books produced by Brendan O’Brien at Fernbank Studio in Wellington are among the most exquisitely printed and designed books produced in New Zealand.”
O’Brien’s work is held in many collections including the Wellington City Council Collection, the Alexander Turnbull Library, the James Wallace Collection, the State Library of Victoria, Melbourne and the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.



 

For more information or to purchase a limited edition poetry broadsheet contact Jane Sanders.