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 is Winter Eyes (Victoria University Press, 2018).

 

Links

Read NZ Te Pou Muramura writer page

Penguin Books author page

Victoria University Press author page

Awa Press author page

Headworx author page

Wikipedia

Bibliography: Harry Ricketts

 

Poetry

Winter Eyes (Victoria University Press, 2018)

Half Dark (Victoria University Press, 2015)

Just Then (Victoria University Press, 2012)

Your Secret Life (HeadworX Publishers, 2005)

Plunge (Pemmican Press, 2001)

13 Ways (Pemmican Press, 1997)

Nothing to Declare: Selected Writings 1977–1997 (HeadworX Publishers, 1998)

How Things Are (with Adrienne Jansen, Meg Campbell and J.C. Sturm, Whitireia Publishing, 1996)

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

Coming Here (Nagare Press, 1989)

Coming Under Scrutiny (Original Books, 1989)

 

Fiction

People Like Us: Sketches of Hong Kong (Eurasia Publishing Corp., Hong Kong, 1977)

 

Creative Nonfiction

99 Ways into New Zealand Poetry (Random House/Vintage, 2010)

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

How to Live Elsewhere (Four Winds Press, 2004)

 

Editor

Essential New Zealand Poems: Facing the Empty Page ([with Siobhan Harvey and James Norcliffe] Godwit, 2014)

Running Writing Robinson ([Festschrift for Professor Roger Robinson], with David Carnegie, Paul Millar, David Norton, Victoria University Press, 2011)

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

Spirit Abroad: A Second Selection of New Zealand Spiritual Verse (with Mike Grimshaw and Paul Morris, Random House/Godwit, 2004)

The Long Trail: Selected Poems, Rudyard Kipling (Carcanet, Manchester, UK, 2004)

Spirit in a Strange Land: A Selection of New Zealand Spiritual Verse (with Mike Grimshaw and Paul Morris, Random House/Godwit, 2002)

How You Doing?: A Selection of New Zealand Comic and Satiric Verse (with Hugh Roberts, Lincoln University Press/Daphne Brasell Associates Press/Whitireia Publishing, 1998)

Under Review: A Selection from New Zealand Books 1991–1996 (with Bill Sewell and Lauris Edmond, Lincoln University Press/Daphne Brasell Associates Press, 1997)

Worlds of Katherine Mansfield (Nagare Press, 1991; 1992 2nd edition)

Talking About Ourselves: Twelve New Zealand Poets in Conversation with Harry Ricketts (Mallinson Rendel, 1986)

One Lady at Wairakei (Rudyard Kipling, Mallinson Rendel, 1983)

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