Bullock, Owen

Bullock, Owen


Bay of Plenty

In Brief

Poet and teacher Owen Bullock was born and bred in Cornwall and has lived in New Zealand since 1989. Bullock has won awards for his poetry and is widely published in New Zealand and overseas. He has been an editor of several magazines, including Poetry NZ and Kokako. He has published poetry, haiku, fiction and non-fiction.


Bullock, Owen (1967 – ) is a poet and teacher.

Born and bred in Cornwall, Bullock has lived in New Zealand for over 20 years. He completed an MA in English at The University of Waikato and has since worked as a poet, teacher and editor.

Bullock has been a regular contributor to New Zealand journals for some years, appearing in Takahe, Sport, Landfall and brief to name a few. He has edited several magazines, including Poetry NZ and Kokako. He has published a collection of haiku, wild camomile (Post Pressed, Australia, 2009); the novella A Cornish Story (Palores, UK, 2010), and a book of longer poems, sometimes the sky isn’t big enough (Steele Roberts, NZ, 2010). He has a website, which you will find listed under Media Links and Clips below.

Writing in Poetry NZ, Alistair Paterson describes Bullock’s work as ‘poetry that balances colloquial language and the everyday happenings and events against a juxtaposition of semiotic writing technique and existentialist philosophy.’

In The Cornish Banner, Alan M. Kent describes Bullock’s A Cornish Story as, ‘a Cornu-English masterpiece.’

In Presence (UK), reviewer Matthew Paul rates wild camomile, ‘a wry and entertaining debut collection,’ and Joanna Preston, writing in Kokako, finds it, ‘a well balanced, accessible, interesting haiku collection’.


Updated January 2017.