Ian Wedde

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Ian Wedde is a poet, novelist, essayist and editor. His memoir, The Grass Catcher: A Digression About Home, was published in 2014, his Selected Poems in 2017, his novel The Reed Warbler in 2020, and The Social Space of the Essay in 2024. Wedde is the recipient of numerous awards, fellowships and grants. Among the most recent are the Meridian Energy Katherine Mansfield Memorial Fellowship at Menton in France (2005), a Fulbright New Zealand Travel Award to the USA (2006), an Arts Foundation Laureate Award (2006), a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Auckland (2007), an ONZM (2010), and the Landfall Essay Prize (2010). In 2011–13 Wedde was New Zealand’s poet laureate. He was awarded the Creative New Zealand Writers’ Residency in Berlin 2013–14, and in 2014 the Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement (poetry). He lives and works in Auckland with his wife, the screenwriter and novelist Donna Malane.