Geoff Cochrane

ANZL Member

Image with thanks to Victoria UP

Geoff Cochrane is a poet, novelist and short fiction writer. He has published fifteen poetry collections and two novels. ‘Over the years,’ wrote Pip Adam, ‘Cochrane’s work has been a joy to me, a solace, a proof that art can be made in New Zealand which shows ourselves in new ways’. Amongst his accolades, Geoff has won the Janet Frame Prize for Poetry (2009) and the inaugural Nigel Cox Unity Books award (2010). In 2014, he was made an Arts Foundation New Zealand Laureate.

Born in Wellington in 1951, Geoff describes his books as ‘the milestones’ in his life. From his college days he became ‘enchanted and enslaved’ by alcohol, with subsequent years of irregular employment such as storeman, window-cleaner and barrow boy. An introduction – through his old friend Lindsey Rabbitt – to Fergus Barrowman of Victoria University Press, began what Geoff describes as ‘a second shot at living and writing’. Geoff’s first novel Tin Nimbus (VUP, 1995), was named a 1996 Commonwealth Best First Book Prize regional finalist.

In addition to his collections and novels, his work has been published in various anthologies and journals, including Sport, Printout, The Best of New Zealand Fiction: Volume Three (Vintage, 2006), and multiple times – and consecutive years – in Best New Zealand Poems.

Geoff’s new work RedEdits is forthcoming through Victoria University Press.

 

Links

New Zealand Book Council profile page

Arts Foundation poet page

Victoria University list of works

Victoria University Press author page

NZ Listener interview with Geoff (July, 2015)

Geoff Cochrane poetry reading on Radio New Zealand (March, 2015)

Bibliography: Geoff Cochrane

 

Poetry

Wonky Optics (Victoria UP, 2015)

The Bengal Engine’s Mango Afterglow (Victoria UP, 2012)

The Worm in the Tequila (Victoria UP, 2010)

Pocket Edition (Victoria UP, 2009)

84-484 (Victoria UP, 2007)

Hypnic Jerks (Victoria UP, 2005)

Vanilla Wine (Victoria UP, 2003)

Nine Poems (Fernbank Studio, 2002)

Acetylene (Victoria UP, 2001)

Into India (Victoria UP, 1999)

Aztec Noon (Victoria UP, 1992)

Kandinsky’s Mirror (Rat Island Press, 1989)

Taming the Smoke (Grape Press, 1983)

Images of Midnight City (Hauraki Press, 1976)

 

Fiction

Astonished Dice (Short stories: Victoria UP, 2014)

White Nights (Short stories: Thumbprint Press, 2004)

Brindle Embers (Short Stories: Thumbprint Press, 2002)

Blood (Novel: Victoria UP, 1997)

Tin Nimbus (Novel: Victoria UP, 1995)

 

Anthologies

Best New Zealand Poems ( Institute of Modern Letters2003)

Best New Zealand Poems (IIML, 2004)

Best New Zealand Poems (IIML, 2005)

Best New Zealand Poems (IIML, 2006)

 

'Novels stand outside time, with their narrative structure of beginning, middle and end. They outlast politics, which are by nature ephemeral, swift and changeable and can quickly become invisible, detectable only to the skilled eye. ' - Fiona Farrell

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