Ian F. Grant

Ian Grant

Ian Grant was a founding director of Fourth Estate Ltd and, at various times editor, deputy editor and features editor of National Business Review between 1970-83. He was founder/editor NBR Marketplace (NZ’s first marketing magazine and best publication in BPA awards, 1973).

He held various positions in the book industry: Marketing Director, NZ Book Trade Organisation, 1981-83; Director, NZ Book Marketing Council 1984-86; publishing consultant, then Associate Publisher, GP Publications (Govt. Printing Office) 1987-93 and partner, Fraser Books, Masterton, since 1984.

Ian Grant founded the NZ Cartoon Archive 1991-92 (National Library of New Zealand), was chairman NZ Cartoon Archive Trust 1992-99, executive chairman NZ Cartoon Archive 2000-05, and chairman Guardians of the NZ Cartoon Archive 2006-

He was on the Council, Auckland University of Technology, 2000-03. He held residencies at the Stout Centre for New Zealand Studies, Victoria University of Wellington in 2007, 2009, 2010 and has been Adjunct Research Associate at the Stout Centre since 2012. He has been Adjunct Scholar at the Alexander Turnbull Library since 2013.

Ian Grant was awarded the Print Industry Outstanding Achievement Award at the Canon Media Awards in 2012. He was judge or co-judge of the Cartoonist-of-the-Year Award at the Canon Media Awards from 2011-15.

His 15 books have included several cartoon histories: The Unauthorized Version: A Cartoon History of New Zealand, 1980, revised edition 1987; The Other Side Of the Ditch: A Cartoon Century in the New Zealand-Australia Relationship, 2001; Public Lives: New Zealand Premiers and Prime Ministers, 2003; Between the Lines: A Cartoon Century of New Zealand Political and Social History, 1906-2005, 2005; Having a Ball: A cartoon history of New Zealand rugby, 2011.

Ian Grant has written chapters on political cartooning for three books; contributed two articles on cartoon topics to the Turnbull Library Record; wrote three cartoonist biographies for the Dictionary of Biography and contributed the ‘Cartooning’ entry to Te Ara: Encyclopedia of New Zealand.