Horrocks, Ingrid

Horrocks, Ingrid



In Brief

Dr Ingrid Horrocks writes creative non-fiction. Her first collection of poems, Natsukashii (1998), and her second, an unconventional travel book, Travelling with Augusta, 1883 & 1999 (2003), both deal with what Horrocks calls ‘the possibilities of travel writing and memoir.’ Horrocks has published work in journals and has been featured in several anthologies including Mutes and Earthquakes (1997). She has won several awards for her writing.


Horrocks, Ingrid (1975- )

Dr Ingrid Horrocks was born in Hamilton, and lived in Auckland and the Wairarapa before moving to Wellington where she completed a BA Hons in English at Victoria University of Wellington. Horrocks then went to the University of York, England, where she completed an MA in Eighteenth Century Studies. In 2001 Horrocks left New Zealand to work on a doctorate in English Literature at Princeton University. In 2003 she recieved an aditional MA in English from Princeton, and in 2006 she finished her PhD.

Horrocks has published two books, both of which deal with what she calls ‘the possibilities of travel writing and memoir.’ The first is a collection of poems, Natsukashii (Pemmican Press, 1998) and the second is an unconventional travel book, Travelling with Augusta, 1883 & 1999 (VUP, 2003).

Writing in the New Zealand Listener, Bill Direencalled Natsukashii ‘astounding’ and Horrocks ‘a wonderful new talent’. A sentiment echoed by John Allison in New Zealand Books who called the collection an ‘exquisitely evoked memoire of a trip to Japan’.

In a review of Travelling with Augusta in the Otago Daily Times, Elizabeth Isichei called Horrocks ‘one of several young New Zealanders who excel both in academic research and creative writing’. Diana Balham in the New Zealand Listener says that, ‘Horrocks writes beautifully and simply. She is not only a keen observer, but also that most fortunate of travellers – someone that things happen to.’

Horrocks has also published poetry and short fiction in Landfall, Sport, NZ Books, and JAAM. Her work has also been anthologised in Mutes and Earthquakes (VUP, 1997) and New Zealand Writing: The NeXt Wave (University of Otago Press, 1998).

Mapping the Distance was released by Victoria University Press in 2010. Broad in scope, the collection of poems spans a ten year period in Horrocks’ life. In a review for NZ Books, Catherine Vidler suggests the poems are intimate yet direct in their language and tone, helping them cover ‘a wide surface area’. To Vidler, the poems ‘explore a significant range of personal and emotional territories, such as overseas student experiences, relationships with friends, family and partner, and becoming pregnant using IVF technologies.’

Hamesh Wyatt reviewed the collection for the Otago Daily Times and he described Horrocks’ poems as ‘simple yet inspired.’

Dr Ingrid Horrocks is a senior lecturer of English Literature at Massey University.

She lives in Wellington.

Last updated March, 2015.


Updated January 2017.