C. K. Stead

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C. K. Stead

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Stead in 2011
Christian Karlson Stead

(1932-10-17) 17 October 1932 (age 87)
Auckland, New Zealand
Known forNovelist, poet, literary critic
Academic background
Education Mount Albert Grammar School
Alma mater University of Auckland (BA, 1954; MA, 1955)
University of Bristol (PhD, 1961)
Academic work
InstitutionsUniversity of Auckland
Doctoral students Roger Horrocks [1]

Christian Karlson "Karl" Stead ONZ CBE (born 17 October 1932) is a New Zealand writer whose works include novels, poetry, short stories, and literary criticism. [2]


One of Karl Stead's novels, Smith's Dream, provided the basis for the film Sleeping Dogs , starring Sam Neill; this became the first New Zealand film released in the United States. Mansfield: A Novel was a finalist for the 2005 Tasmania Pacific Fiction Prize and received commendation in the 2005 Commonwealth Writers Prize for the South East Asia and South Pacific region. He won the 2010 Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award for 'Last Season’s Man'. [3] [4] [5]

C. K. Stead was born in Auckland. For much of his career he was Professor of English at the University of Auckland, retiring in 1986 to write full-time. He was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire, for services to literature, in the 1985 New Year Honours, [6] and was admitted into the highest civilian honour New Zealand can bestow, the Order of New Zealand in 2007. In August 2015, he was named the New Zealand Poet Laureate for 2015 to 2017. [7]

To celebrate the conclusion of CK Stead's term as Poet Laureate, [8] the Alexander Turnbull Library published a signed, limited edition book of his work called In the mirror, and dancing. The little volume of poems was hand-pressed by Brendan O'Brien [9] and illustrated with line sketches by New Zealand expatriate artist Douglas MacDiarmid. The book was launched on 8 August 2017 in Wellington, with the assistance of Gregory O'Brien. [10] On 25 August 2017, Pasifika poet-scholar Dr Selina Tusitala Marsh [11] was named the New Zealand Poet Laureate for 2017-2019. [12]

Awards and honours

New Zealand Book Awards


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  2. http://www.abc.net.au/rn/bookshow/stories/2008/2235479.htm Transcript of interview with Ramona Koval on The Book Show, ABC Radio National, 5 May 2008
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Preceded by
Vincent O'Sullivan
New Zealand Poet Laureate
Succeeded by
Selina Tusitala Marsh