Brian Turner (New Zealand poet)

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Brian Lindsay Turner (born 4 March 1944 in Dunedin)[1] is a New Zealand poet and author. He played hockey for New Zealand in the 1960s; senior cricket in Dunedin and Wellington; and was a veteran road cyclist of note. His mountaineering experience includes an ascent of a number of major peaks including Aoraki/Mount Cook.

His writing includes columns and reviews for daily and weekly newspapers, articles, given radio talks, and written scripts for TV programme. His publications include cricket books with his brother Glenn Turner, the former NZ cricket captain, essays, books on fishing, the high country, and eight collections of poetry. His other brother is golfer Greg Turner.[citation needed]

As of 2008 Turner lives in Oturehua, a town of 30-40 people in the Maniototo region of Central Otago. He moved there in late 1999.[2]

Awards and recognition[edit]

Memorial plaque dedicated to Brian Turner in Dunedin, on the Writers' Walk on the Octagon


Selected works[5][edit]

  • 1978 Ladders of Rain
  • 1981 Ancestors
  • 1983 Listening to the River
  • 1985 Bones
  • 1989 All That Blue Can Be
  • 2001 Taking Off
  • 2002 Somebodies and Nobodies (memoir)
  • 2005 Footfall
  • 2009 Just This
  • 2011 Inside Outside
  • 2012 Elemental: Central Otago Poems


  1. ^ World Who's Who, Routledge Taylor & Francis Group (2012).
  2. ^ Interview in The Sunday Star-Times, 13 July 2008 pages C1-C2
  3. ^ New Zealand Book Council
  4. ^ "Previous winners". Creative New Zealand. Retrieved 24 October 2013.
  5. ^ New Zealand Book Council

External links[edit]

Cultural offices
Preceded by
Elizabeth Smither
New Zealand Poet Laureate
Succeeded by
Jenny Bornholdt