Harry Ricketts is a poet, writer and critic. After studying English at Oxford he lectured in Hong Kong and Leicester and now teaches literature and creative writing at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. In addition to his collections of poetry, essays - and brilliant studies of cricket - his critical books include the acclaimed biography The Unforgiving Minute: A Life of Rudyard Kipling.
London-born Harry Ricketts studied to Oxford and taught at universities in Hong Kong and the UK before moving to New Zealand in 1981. He is a professor in the English Programme at Victoria University of Wellington and also teaches creative non-fiction in the International Institute of Modern Letters. He has published over 30 books. These include two biographies, The Unforgiving Minute: A Life of Rudyard Kipling and Strange Meetings: The Poets of the Great War, personal essays (How to Live Elsewhere; How to Catch a Cricket Match) and ten collections of poems (most recently Half Dark). He has also co-edited several anthologies of New Zealand poetry and a collection of new essays about World War I (How We Remember: New Zealanders and the First World War).