Harry Ricketts

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Professor School of English, Film, Theatre, Media Studies, and Art History


Teaching in 2020

Research interests

Literary biography, New Zealand poetry, sports writing, children's literature, creative non-fiction, Kipling, eighteenth- and nineteenth-century literature, the poets of the Great War, Katherine Mansfield, literary journalism


MA Oxford
MLitt Oxford

Current Research Projects

Harry teaches and does research on nineteenth and twentieth century poetry, including New Zealand poetry, children’s literature, creative non-fiction and literary biography. He is currently working on Kipling’s Indian journalism and Kipling and the effects of childhood trauma. He is also starting work on a study of MacSpaunday, the derogatory composite name the poet Roy Campbell gave to the 1930s poets Louis MacNeice, W.H. Auden, Stephen Spender and C. Day Lewis.

Areas of supervision

  • Children’s and YA literature
  • Post-heritage British TV series
  • German WW! Poetry
  • Light verse

Selection of publications

Winter Eyes, Wellington: Victoria University Press, 2018 (Poems)

Half Dark, Wellington: Victoria University Press, 2015 (Poems)

The Penguin Book of New Zealand War Writing (co-edited with Gavin McLean), Penguin Random House, 2015

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

How We Remember: New Zealanders and the First World War (co-edited with Charles Ferrall), Victoria University Press, 2014

Professional Links and Responsibilities

Co-editor New Zealand Review of Books Pukapuka Aotearoa: A Quarterly (since 1998)

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Teaching in 2020