Barry Mitcalfe

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Barry Mitcalfe (1930–1986) was a New Zealand poet, editor, and peace activist. Born 31 March 1930 in Wellington, New Zealand, Mitcalfe studied at Victoria University of Wellington, where he received a Diploma in Education in 1962, and a Bachelor of Arts (with honors) in 1963.[1] In the 1960s and early 1970s he was a leader of the New Zealand movement against the Vietnam War, and co-edited several booklets on the issue.[2] After the war ended he became a leader of the New Zealand anti-nuclear movement.[3] In 1981 he was a writer-in-residence at the South Australia College of Advanced Education, and in 1982 held an Ursula Bethell Residency in Creative Writing at the University of Canterbury.[4]

Published works[edit]

  • Thirty Poems, Hurricane House, 1960.
  • Poetry of the Maori, Paul's Book Arcade, 1961.
  • Salvation Jones, Torbay, 1962.
  • Nine New Zealanders, Whitcombe & Tombs, Christchurch, 1963.
  • The Long Holiday, Whitcombe & Tombs, Christchurch, 1964.
  • Polynesian Studies, Wellington Teachers' Training College, 1964.
  • Writing: poems, Wellington Teachers College Arts Council, 1969.
  • Maori Poetry: The Singing Word, Victoria University Press, 1974.
  • Moana, Seven Seas, 1975.
  • Migrant, Caveman Press, 1975.
  • I Say, Wait for Me, (short stories), Outrigger, 1976.
  • Maori, Coromandel, 1980;
  • The Square Gang, Faber, 1981.
  • The North Sun, Moon, and Stars, Coromandel, 1982.
  • Beach, Coromandel, 1982.
  • Northland, Coromandel, 1984.
  • Look to the Land, Coromandel, 1986.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Contemporary Authors Online, Gale, 2008. Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, Mich.: Gale, 2008.
  2. ^ Elsie Locke, Peace People: A History of Peace Activities in New Zealand, Christchurch, 1992, pp.193, 201.
  3. ^ Locke, p.290.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-10-14. Retrieved 2008-09-16.