Bill Direen

New Zealand art and music critic
William Dart offers a guided tour
through decades of music
up to
and including Ferocious (2020)
and the recent (lockdown)
collaboration Swan & Co.


During lockdown Titus Books
has been laying up for digital formatting.
Song of the Brakeman (2006)
Enclosures (2008),
New Sea Land (2005)
and Coma (2005)
will soon be available from
various online sites
along with many others
in this online series.

Coma Bianciardi
Coma cover image by
Sandra Bianciardi


New Horizons will be examining recent work
Radio NZ Concert
Sunday 31st May at 5pm is the date
with Podcast to follow.

Cover image S. Bianciardi


Filmmaker John Morrison, familiar to Builders followers
for many brilliant clips has come up with a new short film.

Film Still

The video stars are Daniel, Scott and Denise Colebrook.
Production by Matthew Swanson and his guests.

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 CD comes with a booklet
containing all the lyrics and information



Ferox group
Mark S. Williams., Johannes Contag, Bill Direen

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

Builders Christchurch




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.

Many tunes from
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)


My 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.


Landfall #237 (printed edition) has reviewed Enclosures #4.
Lynley Edmeades: "a gala of ideas, language play, performativity,
comments about voice and speech and storytelling".
It's a positive review (!).
Landfall #237


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.


Thrilled that Bilders music will feature
in the cinematic component of France Hervé's
2019 epic production in NZ.


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).


Friday, November 23rd: Film screening: A Memory of Others.
Simon Ogston documentary about Bill & guests/friends.
Long Play, Melbourne. Sold out.


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

Arts Hub OAR Dunedin


USA poster thumb

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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

LAUNCH - details
Monday 1st October 2018 6pm
Final instalment of the four-part series Enclosures
The Open Book
201 ponsonby road, auckland

Enclosures 4 contains:
Tyrant Dream Story
Mutism: prose
G: a mathematical story
Manima & Minima: a love story
Theatrefraught: prose
On Drainage: about windmills (historical)
Stoat: Interview of sorts
Film: sequences
Index of the Four Little Books



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