Alyson Bradley, grew up in London, where she worked in IT. She moved to New Zealand about many years ago. Alyson has been diagnosed with an interesting mix of Aspergers, Bipolar, ADHD, Dyslexia and Dyspraxia. She loves being creative and uses her knowledge and experience to self advocate on her private website. Writing has helped her on her journey.
Clayton Taylor-Nelson aka Teira Naahi was born in Auckland New Zealand. He is no stranger to Mental Health. Teira was inadvertently institutionalized in an Australian psyche hospital for children, at the age of 8, and released at the age of 14 then returned to NZ on his own. Drawing from multiple art disciplines to find new solutions and expressions for life’s complex situations, Teira has spent over 25 years producing art, music and poetry as a means of exploring and coping with mental health under the banner of “Rewiring The Self Through Art!”.
David Bedggood is a retired university lecturer, father, grandfather and revolutionary Marxist currently living in Auckland, Aotearoa, New Zealand. He is fighting to end the crazy, diseased, barbaric capitalist system. His slogan is “don’t kill yourself, kill capitalism!”.
Dean Buchanan, was born in 1952. As a child growing up on Auckland’s North Shore he was always busy, always drawing, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy images from comics, vast jigsaw puzzles always on the go. By the time he attended Westlake Boys as a teenager, Dean was already painting, at school, and at home in the garage. And they were big paintings, two metres and more. Oils mostly, themes drawn from Dean’s own fast-developing intellectual life and the seas of New Zealand suburbia surrounding Castor Bay. Dean’s Dad was a drunk, and didn’t like his painting. He left home and moved into the heart of urban Auckland.
Grant Kingi is a psychology student at Otago University. His poems are inspired by the anxiety he experiences when in public or social situations. Grant has not been diagnosed formally with social anxiety but he has undergone a series of psychiatric/psychotherapeutic tests which indicate that he possesses more milder symptoms of the disorder. He realizes that problems could be rooted deep in his past. As a child, he was shunted from foster home to foster home and as a consequence, began to feel chronically insecure.
Jarrod Dickson was born on the 22nd of October, 1986. He grew up in Hahei in the Coromandel and went to Dilworth School. Jarrod currently resides in Auckland and is studying towards a BA at Auckland University. He is an avid writer and has had a novella published by Chipmunka Publishing in the UK. Jarrod was diagnosed with schizophrenia at the age of 20 and has spent time in a psychiatric hospital for psychosis.
Jason Morales A Kiwi Filipino. Slightly conflicted. Slightly frazzled with life yet likes going for moonlight runs in his boxers sometimes.
J. L. O’Rourke is the pen-name of Jenner Lichtwark. Jenner writes contemporary murder mysteries, urban fantasy, stories for children and rambling freeform poems. The Christchurch earthquakes left a legacy of anxiety and panic attacks which saw her quit her regular job in 2012 to establish Millwheel Press Ltd, publishing her own works and offering editing advice and assistance to other writers. When not writing, Jenner enjoys being in a theatre, either onstage as a singer or backstage where she has been everything from floor crew to stage-manager. She lives in Christchurch with an assortment of hairless dogs, fluffy cats and grumpy guinea pigs.
Jerry Beale. Irishman Jerry Beale has been many things – soldier, concrete labourer, farmer, bodyguard, professional fighter and martial artist and advertising creative director. But the one thing he’s carried through all stages of his life is a habit of turning experiences into poetry. To Jerry, our poems are our voices uncensored. Poetry should speak out loud the confessions and revelations that otherwise would stay hidden forever. Jerry has published 2 volumes of poetry and has performed both in NZ and in the UK, US and Australia. His poetry ranges from the uncomfortably confrontational to whimsical and lyrical.
Jude Blance currently lives in Titahi Bay, New Zealand. Whenever dark shadows have caused havoc in her personal journey she’s often found refuge in writing poetry. A personal collection of poetry titled My Stormy Weather. Jude often finds sharing her emotions helped release her from her world of darkness. Her personal storm has never ended and in times of trouble, she’s found herself despairingly searching for the light within herself.
Jodine Derena Butler is the creator and editor of Head Lines NZ. Jodine grew up in rural New Zealand in the 70’s and moved to Cairns, Queensland, Australia in 2011. She has two adult daughters and three grandsons. Jodines poems have been published in Side Stream, Live Lines Anthology, Black Mail Press, Like Minds, Like Mine ‘Ethosphere’ Exhibition, Tracks Magazine and other places. She also writes short stories on her blog Far North Fiction. Jodine has an informal diagnosis of Persistent Depressive Disorder and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. She has a postgraduate background in social work and mental health and loves to dabble in the arts.
Keith Nunes is a former newspaper journalist who now writes to stay sane. He’s been published widely Down Under and lives in rural Bay of Plenty with a retinue of nutters. Keith (Lake Rotoma) has lived with the deep sack of depression all his life, has added a little anxiety and some troubling addictions but fends it all off with writing. He’s had poetry and flash fiction published around NZ and increasingly in the US and is a Pushcart Prize nominee. His chapbook Crashing the Calliope is sold by the lunatic fringe.
Keryn Densem lives in Canterbury. Keryn has been writing for many years as an outlet through her struggles with depression, anxiety and various health problems including the recent diagnosis of a chronic blood condition. Her main inspiration is her twin brother who fought childhood cancer and now lives with the serious late effects of his illness and the treatments he had to beat it.
Kirsten Cliff currently spends her days creating a collection of haiga (haiku poems with images) to help her mentally and spiritually process her recent journey through leukaemia. Her haiku have been published in journals and anthologies, and placed in competitions, in both New Zealand and overseas. Kirsten lives with her fiancé (also a writer and poet) in a house dedicated to writing, “Wordsmith House”, in Papamoa, Bay of Plenty.
Louise aka ‘Gorgeous Disorders’ busted on to stage in Edinburgh in the early 80′s as a Performance Poet. She is Dyslexic and has Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as her main diagnosis. She was also an in-patient at Sunnyside Hospital in New Zealand. Gorgeous has attended creative writing classes and is now actively involved in Live Theatre in New Zealand.
Lynda Finn, My darling husband was schizophrenic. He died, having been discharged “into the care of the community” with no doctor or social-worker follow-up. Believing he had cancer, and having been refused financial help by the government, he starved himself to death.
Michael Lauese was born in New Zealand and is of Samoan/Maori descent. Michael has been awarded several National and International Body-Building trophy’s for NZ, Pacific Island, and NZ Maori Titles. Michael lost his partner, house, career and son and in these times of despair, turned to poetry to aid his recovery.
Miriam Barr is from the Far North and lives in Auckland. Her poems have been published in Landfall, JAAM, Poetry NZ, Black Mail Press and other places. She is a performance poet with The Literatti and was creative director of the group for three years (2007-2010). She works as a mental health promoter for Like Minds, Like Mine and is service director for Engage Aotearoa.
Nod Ghosh is originally from the U.K. She graduated from the Hagley Writers’ Institute in Christchurch in 2014. Nod lost her home to red zoning in the middle of the first year of the course. A little piece of her mind disappeared with it. Nod’s work has appeared in various NZ and overseas publications. She recently completed a novel, “The Iris Tattoo”.
Noodle E. String is a street poet of K’ Rd, Auckland and Titirangi Village, circa ’98-2005. First came to fame on TVNZ’s ” the Gong show ” and then on TVNZ’s Backchat with Bill Rolston. Had a poem published 700 000 times+ in 2004, thru Hubbards cereal boxes. Winner of Auckland’s first ever poetry slam @ the Temple Bar, Queen St. Performed live with his son and his dog on National TV for NZ National poetry day, 2004. Sold over 2000 handwritten copies of his work on recycled Tetra Brik packaging, making him NZ’s most published poet per volume of sale 2003-2004.
Rhys Adams currently lives in the South Island. His poetic inspiration stems from living like a gypsy for a few years while he travelled around New Zealand to find himself. Rhys has suffered from depression and anxiety since he can remember.
Robyn Hancockwas born October 1973, in Whakatane where she was swiftly adopted into aspiring middle class, dysfunction. The combination of personal challenges and family circumstance, laid out an extensive healing pathway. Robyn’s poetry and art work represents the ongoing saga of overcoming obstacles, conquering challenges and her navigation in life. In 2004, Robyn reclaimed her birth surname, along with other achievements, whilst living in London and travelling overseas. After a decade in England, the journey homeward was made in 2011, accompanied by her partner and son. As well as performing regularly, her poetry is often seen, written in chalk around Gisborne’s town centre and suburbs.
Shannan Walsh has been writing poetry since she was a teenager. Shannan has suffered from Anxiety and Depression for many years. Writing has been a great therapy. Shannan had to deal with alcohol and drug addiction in the past. Her child hood involved battling with suicide and low self esteem which later developed into anger and addiction. Her words are her life and the roads she has travelled kept them very private for many years. Shannan is finally ready to share these poems with you. She hopes many of you will be able to relate and know you are not alone.
Sheree Carbery is a solo mother and Director of ‘Conscious Women’, a group of women dedicated to making a difference on the planet. She is also an holistic coach and healer who has healed herself through the darkness of PND, psychosis, sexual abuse and drug addiction. Poetry and prose has been a powerful healing tool. Sheree is currently writing a stage play and a book.
Steve.Brother-Majik suffers from schizotypal personality disorder and is a self employed signwriter and has a low power fm radio station ‘Radio Wild-Card’. He owns his own home in Wanganui East, Whanganui.
Steve McCabe is a musician, songwriter, computer programmer and systems analyst. He currently lives in Te Puru, on the Coromandel Peninsula of New Zealand. Steve was born in 1966. He suffered a heart attack at the young age of 36 and has bouts of clinical depression with panic attacks. He has been taking Arapax (Paroxetine) for the last few years.
Sue Larsen was born is Hastings and raised in Napier. She currently resides in Kati Kati. Sue has one 18 year old daughter. She has been writing poetry since 2000 because “someone told me it would be a good way of expressing my feelings/emotions”. She has been diagnosed with Dependent Personality Disorder.
Thane W. Zander has lived all over New Zealand, either as an itinerant child (Father moving to jobs from deepest south to farthest north) or as a 27 year veteran in the Royal New Zealand Navy. He was struck down with Bipolar Disorder in 2000 and has since moved “back” to Palmerston North and environs. The onset of Bipolar Disorder also heralded his entry into the poetry world, and from 2000 to 2005 he had written around 250 poems. This accelerated from 2006 to well over 1000 poems, and counting.
Tracey Huaut is originally from NZ, born in 1973 until she left in 2004 to do her “Big O.E.”. She lived in the UK for 10 years before settling in Australia on the Gold Coast. Tracey lost her mother to cancer when she was just 16 and has battled with depression ever since. She writes a poem every year for her mother on the anniversary of her death.