Roger Horrocks is named one of the writers selected for 2015 residencies at Devonport’s Michael King Writers’ Centre. 85 writers put forward 182 applications for the four residencies offered with the support of Creative New Zealand.
Horrocks has been active in the NZ screen industries since the 1970s. He was a founder of both the Auckland International Film Festival, now part of the NZIFF, and Script to Screen, on whose board he sat until 2010. He was also founder and Head of the Department of Film, Television and Media Studies at Auckland University. A former NZ On Air board member, Horrocks was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) in 2004.
During his residency he’ll work on a book about the whakapapa of New Zealand culture, from colonial cringe to the growth of local art, including the Māori renaissance, and the impact of digital technology today.
Also taking up two month residencies at the Michael King Centre next year will be Dunedin playwright Philip Braithwaite and Mahai historian Mere Whaanga. Auckland playwright Rochelle Bright was awarded the Centre’s University of Auckland residency, which runs for six months. She will work on the libretto for an indie opera on the suicide bomber Neil Roberts, with music by Abraham Kunin from The Means.