Ian Wedde is the author of seven novels, including The Catastrophe (2011) and Trifecta (2015), and a collection of stories, The Shirt Factory (1981). He has written a memoir, The Grass Catcher: A Digression About Home (2014), and has also published fifteen collections of poetry and two collections of essays, the most recent of which was the critically acclaimed Making Ends Meet (2005).
Ian’s work as a curator and writer in the field of art includes catalogues, the 2009 monograph Bill Culbert: Making Light Work, and (as general editor) We Will Work With You: Wellington Media Collective 1978-1998. He was co-editor of The Penguin Book of New Zealand Verse (1985) and The Penguin Book of New Zealand Poetry Ngā Kupu Titohu o Aotearoa (1989).
Ian is the recipient of numerous awards. 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 Ian was New Zealand’s poet laureate, in 2013-14 he held the Creative New Zealand Berlin Writers’ Residency, and in 2014 he was awarded the Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement (poetry).
Ian lives and works in Auckland.