Roger Horrocks has been involved in many areas of the arts, including poetry, film, the visual arts, and opera.
Roger has recently written a volume of poetry, The Song of the Ghost in the Machine (published by Victoria University Press). He is one of the founders of the Auckland International Film Festival and has been involved in the creation of many arts organizations. He works with his wife Shirley, an award-winning film director, to make arts documentaries (such as Tom Who? in this year’s Festival).
Roger was the assistant to Len Lye, the New Zealand-born artist, film-maker and poet, during the last year of Lye’s life. He has done much to make this extraordinary creative figure better known. Most recently he has compiled Zizz!, the best-selling Awa Press collection of Lye’s own writings about his life.
Roger taught English literature at the University of Auckland from 1968 to 2003, and was also the founding Head of its Department of Film, Television and Media Studies. He is an Emeritus Professor, and in the 2004 New Year’s Honours was made a Member of the NZ Order of Merit for services to the film and television industries.