Siobhan Harvey

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Siobhan Harvey (born 1973) is a New Zealand author, editor and creative writing lecturer.[1] She writes poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction. In 2021, she was awarded the Janet Frame Literary Trust Award for Poetry.[2]

Early life[edit]

Harvey was born in Staffordshire, England in 1973.[3] She graduated from the University of London, Sheffield Hallam University (MA in Creative Writing, 2001) and Auckland University of Technology (PhD in Creative Writing, 2021).[3][4]


Harvey is the author of eight books.[5] Her first New Zealand collection was Lost Relatives (Steele Roberts, 2011). Her second collection, Cloudboy (Otago University Press, 2014) won New Zealand's richest prize for poetry, the Kathleen Grattan Award, in 2013. In 2021, a collection of Harvey's poetry and creative nonfiction, Ghosts (Otago University Press) was launched at the Auckland Writers Festival.[6] Poems in the book had been awarded the 2019 Kathleen Grattan Award for a Sequence of Poems, the 2020 Robert Burns Poetry Competition and the 2020 New Zealand Society of Authors Peter and Diane Beatson Fellowship.[7]

Harvey’s fiction has been published in literary journals and anthologies, such as Asia Literary Review (Hong Kong), Griffith Review (Australia) and Best of Auckland (Writers Café, 2020). Her fiction won a 2016 Write Well Award (Silver Pen, US).[1]

Her creative nonfiction has been published in Griffith Review (Australia), Landfall and the anthology Feminine Rising: Voices of Power and Invisibility (Cyren Press, 2019).[1] She has been shortlisted for the Landfall Essay Competition on multiple occasions, including being placed runner up (2011) and third (2020).[8]

Harvey’s poetry has been twice selected for Best New Zealand Poems series: 2012 (guest editor, Ian Wedde) and 2020 (guest editor, David Eggleton) [9] and has been placed runner-up in 2015 and 2014 New Zealand Poetry Society International Poetry Competitions, the 2012 Dorothy Porter Poetry Prize (Australia) and the 2012 Kevin Ireland Poetry Competition.[1]

Harvey has served as the president of the New Zealand Society of Authors (2017–2019),[10] New Zealand’s National Poetry Day Coordinator (2008–2013) [11] and Poetry Editor, takahē literary magazine (2007–2014).

In 2021, she was awarded the Janet Frame Literary Trust Award for Poetry.[2]


Poetry and Nonfiction


  • 2014 Cloudboy[13]
  • 2011 Lost Relatives[14]

Edited works

  • 2014 Essential New Zealand Poems[15]
  • 2010 Words Chosen Carefully: New Zealand Writers in Discussion[16]
  • 2009 Our Own Kind: 100 New Zealand Poems about Animals[17]


  1. ^ a b c d "Writers File". Read NZ. Retrieved 7 January 2022.
  2. ^ a b Gordon, Pamela. "Chair of Janet Frame Literary Trust". University of Otago. Retrieved 7 January 2022.
  3. ^ a b "Siobhan Harvey Profile". AUT. Retrieved 7 January 2022.
  4. ^ Harvey, Siobhan (2021). An Empty House (Doctoral thesis). Tuwhera Open Access, Auckland University of Technology. hdl:10292/14294.
  5. ^ Green, Paula (18 May 2021). "Poetry Shelf celebrates new books: Siobhan Harvey reads from Ghosts from". NZ Poetry Shelf. Word Press. Retrieved 7 January 2022.
  6. ^ Harvey, Siobhan. "Ghosts: Siobhan Harvey". Auckland Writers Festival. Retrieved 7 January 2022.
  7. ^ Harvey, Siobhan. "Siobhan Harvey". The Poetry Archive.
  8. ^ "Landfall Essay Competition". University of Otago. Retrieved 7 January 2022.
  9. ^ Harvey, Siobhan. "My Mother is a Ghost Living in my Mind". Best New Zealand Poems 2020. Best New Zealand poems. Retrieved 7 January 2022.
  10. ^ "NZSA announces new president and delegates for 2017 to 2019". The New Zealand Society of Authors. Retrieved 7 January 2022.
  11. ^ "Announcing our new National Poetry Day Coordinator Miriam Barr". Phantom National Poetry Day. NZ Book Awards Trust. Retrieved 7 January 2022.
  12. ^ Harvey, Siobhan (April 2021). Ghosts. Dunedin: Otago University Press. ISBN 9781988592985. Retrieved 6 January 2022.
  13. ^ Harvey, Siobhan (April 2014). Cloudboy. Dunedin: Otago University Press. ISBN 9781877578809. Retrieved 6 January 2022.
  14. ^ Harvey, Siobhan (2011). Lost Relatives. Wellington: Steele Roberts. ISBN 9781877577116. Retrieved 6 January 2022.
  15. ^ Harvey, Siobhan (August 2014). Essential New Zealand Poems. Auckland: Random House NZ. ISBN 9781775534594. Retrieved 6 January 2022.
  16. ^ Harvey, Siobhan (2010). Words Chosen Carefully. Auckland: Cape Catley. ISBN 978-9781877346. Retrieved 6 January 2022.
  17. ^ Harvey, Siobhan (2009). Our Own Kind: 100 New Zealand Poems about Animals. Auckland: Random House NZ. ISBN 9781869621605. Retrieved 6 January 2022.