Warren Dibble

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Warren Dibble
BornWarren Ambrose Dibble
Died (aged 83)
Sydney, NSW, Australia
OccupationPlaywright, poet
NationalityNew Zealander

Warren Ambrose Dibble (1930/1931 – 27 July 2014) was a New Zealand poet and playwright.

Dibble was awarded the Robert Burns Fellowship from the University of Otago in 1969.[1] Ralph Hotere, who was the Frances Hodgkins Fellow at Otago also in 1969,[2] incorporated some of Dibble's poems into his artwork.[3] Dibble wrote plays for television, theatre and radio, including Killing of Kane, based on the deeds of Titokowaru in Taranaki in the 1860s,[3] the anti-Vietnam war theatrical cartoon Operation Pigstick,[4][5] the one-off tele-drama Double Exposure,[6] Lord, Dismiss Us… and Lines to M.[7]

Dibble moved to Sydney in the 1970s and died there in 2014.[8]


  1. ^ "Warren Dibble – 1969: Nourishing the roots". University of Otago. 2008. Retrieved 15 August 2014.
  2. ^ "The Frances Hodgkins Fellowship". University of Otago. 2014. Retrieved 15 August 2014.
  3. ^ a b Hohaia, Te Miringa; O'Brien, Gregory; Strongman, Lara, eds. (2005). Parihaka: the art of passive resistance. Wellington: Victoria University Press. p. 220. ISBN 0-86473-520-0.
  4. ^ Lord, Bob (14 April 1967). "Ancient Maori myth was given dramatic Downstage showing". Salient. Retrieved 15 August 2014.
  5. ^ "Downstage celebrates life of Tim Eliott, its first artistic director". Wellington Scoop. 6 May 2011. Retrieved 15 August 2014.
  6. ^ "Irene Wood – biography". NZ On Screen. Retrieved 15 August 2014.
  7. ^ Cody, Gabrielle H.; Sprinchorn, Evert, eds. (2007). The Columbia Encyclopedia of Modern Drama. 2. New York: Columbia University Press. p. 961. ISBN 978-0-231-14424-7.
  8. ^ "Warren Ambrose Dibble obituary". New Zealand Herald. 8 August 2014. Retrieved 15 August 2014.