Author Interview: Ingrid Horrocks

Dr Ingrid Horrocks is a writer whose work spans poetry, travel, environment, and community. She is a lecturer in creative writing at Massey University.

Where We Swim is her account of setting out to chronicle a solo swimming journey, only to switch streams to a different kind of swimming altogether — one which led her to examine relationships, our ecological crisis, and responsibilities more deeply to collective care. Where We Swim ranges from solitary swims in polluted lakes and rivers in Aotearoa New Zealand, to swims in pools in Medellín, Phoenix and the Peruvian Amazon, and has been called “beautiful, surprising, mysterious, deep and reflective”.

As an accompaniment to this exceptional book, we recently had the pleasure of interviewing Ingrid  in conjunction with Caffeine and Aspirin arts and entertainment review show on Radioactive FM. The interview was conducted by Caffeine and Aspirin host Liam Wild.

And below is the podcast of that interview for your enjoyment:

Travelling with Augusta : Preston, Gorizia, Venice, Masterton : 1835 & 1999 / Horrocks, Ingrid
“The story of two journeys made in the Adriatic regions of present-day Italy, Slovenia and Croatia, one made in 1835, the second in 1999.” (Adapted from Catalogue)



Mapping the distance / Horrocks, Ingrid
“This superb collection of poems shows the benefit of ten years gestation. The major part of the book consists of poems coming from years spent living and studying overseas and then settling back in New Zealand and starting a family. With its broad scope and variety of lyric styles, Mapping the Distance is a landmark book.” (Adapted from Catalogue) Also available as an eBook. 


Extraordinary anywhere : essays on place from Aotearoa New Zealand
“This collection of personal essays, a first of its kind, re-imagines the idea of place for an emerging generation of readers and writers. It offers glimpses into where we are now and how that feels, and opens up the range and kinds of stories we can conceive of telling about living here. Contributors include Tony Ballantyne, Sally Blundell, Alex Calder, Annabel Cooper, Tim Corballis, Martin Edmond, Ingrid Horrocks, Lynn Jenner, Cherie Lacey, Tina Makereti, Harry Ricketts, Jack Ross, Alice Te Punga Somerville, Giovanni Tiso, Ian Wedde, Lydia Wevers, and Ashleigh Young.” (Catalogue)

Where we swim / Horrocks, Ingrid
“Part memoir, part travel and nature writing, this book is about being a daughter, sister, partner, mother and above all a human animal among other animals”–Back cover.” (Adapted from Catalogue)