Glenn Colquhoun

ANZL Member

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Glenn Colquhoun is a doctor, and an award-winning poet and children’s writer. His first collection The Art of Walking Upright (Steele Roberts, 1999) won the Jessie Mackay Best First Book of Poetry award at the Montana Book Awards (2000). Playing God (Hammersmith Press, 2002), his third collection, won the poetry section of the same awards in 2003, as well as the Readers’ Choice Award that year. In October 2006, Playing God went Platinum, making it onto Booksellers New Zealand’s Premier New Zealand Bestsellers list. ‘Often funny, sometimes serious, always compassionate,’ write publishers, Steele Roberts, his poems, ‘explore a range of medical experience as diverse and dramatic as life itself’.

Glenn has written four children’s books and published a book of essays entitled Jumping Ship & Other Essays. He was awarded the Prize in Modern Letters in 2004 and a Fulbright scholarship to Harvard University in 2010. In 2012, he was part of the ‘Transit of Venus’ poetry exchange at the Frankfurt Book Fair and in 2014 represented New Zealand on the Commonwealth Poets United poetry project, which celebrated the Glasgow Commonwealth Games that year.

His latest book Late Love, (Bridget Williams Books, 2016) is an adaptation of a speech given at the APAC health conference in 2013, outlining the relationship in his life between poetry and medicine. He is also working on Three Women, an exploration of Māori oral poetry in English and Te Reo Māori, Myths and Legends of the Ancient Pākehā, an exploration of Pākehā oral poetry, and The Ballad of Joe Taihape, an examination of the New Zealand ballad form.



Read NZ Te Pou Muramura writer page

Steele Roberts author page

Bridget Williams Books author page

NZ Electronic Poetry Centre poet page

NZ Herald interview (Sept, 2015)

Radio New Zealand interview (Dec, 2013)


Bibliography: Glenn Colquhoun



North South (Steele Roberts, 2009)

How We Fell (Steele Roberts, 2006)

Playing God (Steele Roberts NZ; Hammersmith, UK, 2002)

An Explanation of Poetry to My Father (Steele Roberts, 2001)

The Art of Walking Upright (Steele Roberts, 1999)



Amazing Tales of Aōtearoa (Reed, 2008)

Mr Short, Mr Thin, Mr Bald and Mr Dog (Steele Roberts, 2005)

Uncle Glenn and Me Too (Reed, 2004)

Uncle Glenn and Me (Reed, 1999)


Creative Nonfiction

Late love: sometimes doctors need saving as much as their patients (BWB, 2017)

Jumping ship and other essays (Steele Roberts, 2012)

Jumping ship (Four Winds Press, 2004)

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