Elizabeth Kirkby-McLeod

Elizabeth (Libby) Kirkby-McLeod is an Auckland author who has had poetry published in takahe, Landfall, Poetry New Zealand Yearbook 2019 and the NZPS 2018 anthology The Unnecessary Invention of Punctuation. She was long-listed for the 2008 Six Pack 3 authors anthology and her poem ‘Her Warning Signs’ was Highly Commended in the 2018 International Poetry Competition.

Her first poetry collection Family Instructions Upon Release was published in November 2019 with The Cuba Press. She has a children’s book forthcoming with Gilt Edge Publishing.

Elizabeth also writes about writing, is an active member of the NZSA Auckland branch and produces the NZSA Oral History Podcast series.

Elizabeth has a First Class Master of Creative Writing from AUT, where she was a recipient of the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Postgraduate Study.


  • Children's Fiction
  • Poetry
  • Review Writing


  • Poetry Readings
  • Public Speaking
  • Readings
  • Readings (adults)
  • Reviews






Family Instructions Upon Release

Elizabeth’s father took his own life in 2012. Unable to find words of her own to write about what had happened, she has taken them from Twelve Angry Men and the Government’s ‘Fact Sheet 4 – Suicide and Self-Harm’. From this limited dictionary come poems that are by turns mournful, angry and searching. The cumulative effect is surprising in its narrative drive and cathartic power. Specifications - Publisher: The Cuba Press Published: 2019 Dimensions: 148 x 210mm Number of pages: 70 Binding: soft cover Purchase - Available from 22 November 2019 from all New Zealand independent book stores and Paper Plus stores and online at The Cuba Press.