Harry Ricketts

ANZL Member

Harry Ricketts is an academic, poet, reviewer and editor who has published 30 books. These include literary biographies ‒ The Unforgiving Minute: A Life of Rudyard Kipling (Chatto & Windus, 1999) and Strange Meetings: The Poets of the Great War (Chatto & Windus, 2010), numerous articles on Kipling, personal essays and ten collections of poems, most recently Half Dark (Victoria UP, 2015). Victoria University Press describes Half Dark as ‘tender, funny, sad, and deftly crafted from the splinters and spaces of the past.’

In addition to his own work, Harry has co-edited several anthologies of New Zealand poetry, a collection of new essays about World War I, How We Remember: New Zealanders and the First World War (Victoria UP, 2014) and, most recently, with Gavin McLean, The Penguin Book of New Zealand War Writing (Penguin Random House, 2015). Spirit in a Strange Land: A Selection of New Zealand Spiritual Verse (co-edited with Paul Morris and Mike Grimshaw), was the 2003 winner of the Montana Book Awards. His book 99 Ways into New Zealand Poetry (co-written with Paula Green), was shortlisted for the Montana Book Awards (2011), and Spirit Abroad: A Second Selection of New Zealand Spiritual Verse (co-edited with Paul Morris and Mike Grimshaw), was shortlisted for the Montana Book Awards (2005).

Harry has performed or chaired at a multitude of festivals both nationally and internationally, with discussion involving both well-known New Zealand and international figures. Previously, he studied English at Oxford University and lectured in Hong Kong and Leicester. He currently teaches English Literature and creative nonfiction at Victoria University.

His most recent collection Winter Eyes (VUP) is due out May 2018.

 

Links

New Zealand Book Council profile page

Penguin Books author page

Victoria University Press author page

Awa Press author page

Headworx author page

Wikipedia

Bibliography: Harry Ricketts

 

Poetry

Half Dark (Victoria UP, 2015)

Just Then (Victoria UP, 2012)

Your Secret Life (HeadworX, 2005)

Plunge (Pemmican Press, 2001)

13 Ways (Pemmican Press, 1998)

A Brief History of New Zealand Literature (Fawthorpe Garlick, 1996)

How Things Are (with Adrienne Jansen, Meg Campbell, J C Sturm: Whitireia Publishing & Daphne Brasell Associates, 1996)

Coming Here (Nagare Press, 1989)

Coming Under Scrutiny (Original Books, 1989)

 

Fiction

Nothing To Declare: Selected Writings 1977-1997 (Short stories & poems: HeadworX, 1998)

People Like Us (Short stories & poems: Eurasia Publishing, 1977)

 

Creative Nonfiction

Strange Meetings: The Lives of the Great War Poets (Biography: Chatto & Windus, 2010; paperback edition, 2012)

99 Ways into New Zealand Poetry (with Paula Green: Vintage, 2010)

How to Catch a Cricket Match (Personal essay: Awa Press, 2006)

How to Live Elsewhere (Essay: Four Winds Press, 2004)

The Unforgiving Minute: A Life of Rudyard Kipling (London, Chatto & Windus, 1999; paperback edition, 2000; US edition, New York: Carroll & Graf 2000; paperback edition, 2001)

 

Edited Books

The Penguin Book of New Zealand War Writing (co-edited with Gavin McLean: Penguin Random House, 2015)

Essential New Zealand Poems: Facing the Empty Page (co-edited with James Norcliffe & Siobhan Harvey: Godwit, 2014)

How We Remember: New Zealanders and the First World War (co-edited with Charles Ferrall: Victoria UP, 2014)

A Made-Up Place: New Zealand in Young Adult Fiction (co-edited with Geoff Miles, Anna Jackson, Tatjana Schaefer & Kathryn Walls: Victoria UP, 2011)

Running Writing Robinson (Festschrift for Professor Roger Robinson, co-edited with David Carnegie, Paul Millar & David Norton: Victoria UP, 2011)

The Awa Book of New Zealand Sports Writing (Awa Press, 2010)

Spirit Abroad: A Second Selection of New Zealand Spiritual Verse (co-edited with Paul Morris & Mike Grimshaw: Godwit, 2004)

Rudyard Kipling: The Long Trail: Selected Poems (Fyfield Books; Carcanet, 2004)

Spirit in a Strange Land: A Selection of New Zealand Spiritual Verse (co-edited with Paul Morris & Mike Grimshaw: Godwit, 2002)

How You Doing? A Selection of New Zealand Comic and Satiric Verse (co-edited with Hugh Roberts: Lincoln UP & Daphne Brasell Associates, 1998)

Under Review: A Selection from New Zealand Books, 1991-1996 (co-edited with Lauris Edmond & Bill Sewell: Lincoln UP & Daphne Brasell Associates, 1997)

Worlds of Katherine Mansfield (Nagare Press,1991)

Kipling’s Lost World (Collection: Tabb House, 1989)

Talking About Ourselves (Interviews: Mallinson Rendel, 1986)

One Lady at Wairakei (Kipling’s ‘lost’ New Zealand story: Mallinson Rendel, 1983)

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