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Bornholdt, Jenny, 1960-

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Bornholdt, Jenny, 1960-


Bornholdt, Jenny, 1960-

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Jenny Bornholdt, New Zealand poet, anthologist and freelance writer, was born in Lower Hutt in 1960.

"Following work as a journalist in the South Island, Jenny Bornholdt completed a BA degree in English Literature at Victoria University of Wellington, including Bill Manhire's Original Composition course (Engl 252) in 1984. Her poetry was published for the first time in November 1985, in the New Zealand literary magazine 'Islands', and she has since written seven books of poetry and written or collaborated on three anthologies. Poems she has written (some specially commissioned) have been rendered in forms as diverse as radio programmes, hand printed books, multi-media displays, a glass screen of a private house, public sculptural works, bus shelters, ceramic pots, lithographs, musical compositions, and paintings. Her first three poetry collections were shortlisted in the poetry section of the New Zealand Book Awards, which she won for 'An Anthology of New Zealand Poetry in English' (1997), co-edited with Mark Williams and Gregory O’Brien. In 2003, she received an Arts Foundation of New Zealand Laureate Award, and she is the 2005/2006 Te Mata Estate New Zealand Poet Laureate.

In addition to being popular among readers of all ages, Bornholdt's writing has been praised by critics and reviewers for, as Paul Millar writes in 'The Oxford Companion to New Zealand Literature' (Auckland: Oxford University Press,1998), its 'freshness and the concealed depths in its lucid explorations of the simple and the familiar.'

Jenny Bornholdt’s literary archives have been arranged as follows:
Series 1 Early journalism
Series 2 Literary writings and projects:
2/01 Original Composition course manuscripts and early poems 1984
2/02 This Big Face manuscripts c1986-1988
2/03 Moving House manuscripts c1987-1989
2/04 Waiting Shelter manuscripts c1989-1991
2/05 Miscellaneous poetry and prose manuscripts c1987-c1993
2/06 Chatham Island project documents and notes 1992-1993
2/07 How We Met manuscripts 1992-1995
2/08 My Heart Goes Swimming: New Zealand love poems manuscript c1996
2/09 Alphabet manuscript, 'Six Poems for Bill Manhire' 1996
2/10 Miss New Zealand: Selected poems manuscripts 1993, 1996-1997
2/11 Hand printings by O'Brien family members c1994-c1997
2/12 Caravan manuscripts and papers 1998
2/13 These Days manuscripts c1998-2000
2/14 Anzac Memorial project papers 1997-2001
2/15 'Pacific Grass' manuscript and papers 2001
2/16 'Jenny Bornholdt / Bodo Korsig Suite of 9 Lithographs' project papers 2001-2003
2/17 Summer manuscripts and Ode to the Little Hotel 2002-2003
2/18 'Pitcher with Women' (City Gallery) project 2002
2/19 'Ponatahi House' manuscript and papers 2002-2003
2/20 'Harvest' manuscript and papers 2003
2/21 Learning Media poems and writings 2001-2003
2/22 'Balloons' , 'Staple' magazine 2003
Series 3 Correspondence and literary career papers - Subject files:
3/01 Publishing and literary correspondence files 1986 on
3/02 Readings, festivals and literary events files 1988 on
3/03 Reviews, articles and awards files 1987 on" (Virginia Gow, finding aid completed in 2004 as part of course work for a School of Information Management paper.)

Accessions since 2004 have been listed at the end of this finding aid, and will be added to the series system as resources permit.

Literary archives

Dates covered:

1984 - Unknown

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Aside from some items which are closed for Jenny Bornholdt's lifetime, access is subject to authorisation by the chairperson of Victoria University of Wellington's English Department and must be for the purposes of study.

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