Brian Turner (New Zealand poet)

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.

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


Selected works[5]


  • Ladders of Rain (John McIndoe, 1978)
  • Ancestors (John McIndoe, 1981)
  • Listening to the River (John McIndoe, 1983)
  • Bones (John McIndoe, 1985)
  • All That Blue Can Be (John McIndoe, 1989)
  • Beyond (John McIndoe, 1992)
  • Taking Off (Victoria University Press, 2001)
  • Footfall (Random House, 2005)
  • Just This (Victoria University Press, 2009)
  • Inside Outside (Victoria University Press, 2011)
  • Elemental: Central Otago Poems(Godwit/Random House, 2012)
  • Night Fishing (Victoria University Press, 2016)


  • Somebodies and Nobodies (Random House, 2002)


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

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