Published May 2011
NZ Listener top 100 pick, 2011.
The Hill of Wool is a book about memories. Some memories live and grow in families. Some are inspired by rediscovered childrens songs and stories. Others are triggered by chance encounters with old boyfriends. Sometimes personal and lyrical, sometimes jagged and strange like untamed childrens rhymes, these new poems will delight Jenny Bornholdts many readers.
Jenny Bornholdt is a poet and anthologist. Born in Lower Hutt in 1960, she holds a BA in English Literature and a Diploma in Journalism. She attended Bill Manhires original composition course at Victoria University of Wellington in 1984.
She is the author of a number of collections of poetry including Summer (April 2003) and These Days (2000) and Miss New Zealand: Selected Poems which was published in 1997 and this contains work from her four earliest collections of poetry This Big Face (1988), Moving House (1989), Waiting Shelter (1991) and How We Met (1995).
Her latest book is The Rocky Shore (VUP October 2008). It won the Montana New Zealand Book Award for Poetry in 2009.
She has, with her husband poet Gregory OBrien, edited a collection of New Zealand love poetry My Heart Goes Swimming (1996) and they, with Mark Williams, edited An Anthology of New Zealand Poetry in English (1997) which won the 1997 Montana New Zealand Book Award for Poetry.
Jenny Bornholdt spent six months of 2003 in Menton, France as the 2002 Meridian Energy Katherine Mansfield Fellow. She was named as New Zealand's Poet Laureate in March 2005.
'as usual there's an element of whimsical humour, but in this collection Bornholdt stretches language to new edges. The resulting odd, beautiful phrases show a poet in full commend of language.' - Jodi Yeats, NZ Doctor