Night Fishing (Victoria University Press, 2016)

Elemental: Central Otago Poems  ([includes photographs by Gilbert van Reenen], Godwit/Random House, 2012)

Inside Outside (Victoria UP, 2011)

Just This (Victoria UP, 2009)

Footfall (Random House/Godwit, 2005)

Taking Off  (Victoria UP, 2001)

Timeless Land (Reproductions of paintings by Grahame Sydney, poems by Brian Turner, and stories by Owen Marshall: Longacre Press, 1995)

Beyond, (John McIndoe,1992)

All that Blue Can Be (John McIndoe, 1989)

Bones, (John McIndoe, 1985)

Listening to the River (John McIndoe, 1983)

Ancestors, (John McIndoe,1981)

Ladders of Rain (John McIndoe Limited,1978)


Creative Non-fiction

Boundaries: People and Places of Central Otago (Penguin:Random House, 2015)

Into the Wider World: A Back Country Miscellany (Random House, 2008) Shortlisted NZ Post Book Awards 2009

Inside –  with Anton Oliver (Hachette Livre, 2005)

Somebodies and Nobodies, a memoir (Random House, 2002)

Meads (Hodder Moa Beckett, 2002)

New Zealand Photographs by Scott Freeman ([features a long introductory essay and introduction by Brian Turner], Craig Potton Publishing, 2000)

On the Loose – with Josh Kronfeld (Longacre Press, 1999)

Lifting the Covers – co-author with Glenn Turner (Longacre Press, 1998)

The Guide to Trout Fishing in Otago, (Fish and Game Otago, 1994)

The Ultimate Challenge (Tandem 1993)

Opening Up – co-author of Glenn Turner’s second volume in his cricketing autobiography (Hodder & Stoughton, 1987)

High Country: Four Seasons, (Millwood, 1983)

Images of Coastal Otago ([Essay in a book of photographs by Michael de HamelMcIndoe], 1982)






Quote Unquote

North and South


New Zealand Books

Otago Daily Times

The Press

The Dominion/Evening Post

Sunday Times

Fish and Game New Zealand



These I Have Loved: My favourite New Zealand poems, chosen by Harvey McQueen (Steele Roberts, 2010)

Our Own Kind – 100 New Zealand Poems about Animals (Random House, 2009)

Twenty Contemporary New Zealand Poets (Victoria UP/Carcanet, 2009)

A Good Handful (Auckland UP, 2008)

Moonlight – New Zealand Poems on Death and Dying (Random House, 2008)

The Earth’s Deep Breathing: Garden Poems by NZ Poets (Random/Godwit, 2007)

Our Favourite Poems (Craig Potton, 2007)

The Six Pack (NZ Book Month, 2006)

The Nature of Things: Poems from the New Zealand Landscape (Craig Potton, 2005)

Spirit in a Strange Land: A Selection of New Zealand Spiritual Verse (Random, 2002)

Fresh Fields (Shoal Bay, 2001)

Essential New Zealand Poems (Random, 2001)

New Zealand Love Poems (Otago UP, 2000)

The Oxford Companion to the Year (Otago UP, 1999)

Out of Town (Shoal Bay, 1999)

Lake, Mountain, Tree (Godwit, 1998)

The Oxford Anthology of New Zealand Poetry in English (Otoago UP,1997)

Sixteen New Zealand Poets, (Longman Paul,1995)

An Anthology of New Zealand Twentieth Century Poetry, Third Edition, (Otago UP, 1987)

The Penguin Book of New Zealand Verse (Penguin, 1985 and 1989)

The Oxford Book of New Zealand Writing Since 1945 (Otago UP, 1983)


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