Iain Sharp

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Iain Sharp (born 1953 in Glasgow) is a New Zealand poet and critic.

Sharp emigrated with his family to New Zealand in 1961, where they settled in Auckland. He studied at Auckland University where he received a doctorate in English in 1982. Soon after he qualified as a librarian from the New Zealand Library School.[1] He currently works part-time in the Special Collections Department of Auckland Central City Library, and is also a reviewer, critic and columnist for the New Zealand Listener magazine.[2]


  • Why Mammals Shiver, Auckland: One Eyed Press, 1981
  • She Is Trying to Kidnap the Blind Person, Auckland: Hard Echo Press, 1985
  • The Pierrot Variations, Auckland: Hard Echo Press, 1985
  • Two Poets: Selections from the Work of Suzanne Chapman and Iain Sharp, edited by Suzanne Chapman, Auckland: Auckland English Association, 1985
  • The Singing Harp, Paekakariki: Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop, 2004
  • Real Gold: treasures of Auckland City Libraries, text by Iain Sharp; photographs by Haruhiko Sameshima, Auckland University Press, 2007
  • Our Favourite Poems: New Zealanders choose their best-loved poems, introduction by Iain Sharp, Craig Potton Publishing, 2007, ISBN 9781877333682
  • Heaphy: Explorer, Artist, Settler, Auckland University Press, 2008
  • Sharing Our Ghosts, Poems by Joy MacKenzie & Iain Sharp, Auckland: Cumberland Press, 2011


  1. ^ Anthology of New Zealand Poetry in English, Oxford University Press, 1997
  2. ^ The Oxford Companion to New Zealand Literature, edited by Roger Robinson and Nelson Wattie (1998). Sharp, Iain at New Zealand Book Council