Even when I was little I would run around with a jotter and a pencil,
trying to write a story but not knowing how to spell anything except
Dick, Dora and cat. My mother used to get me to tell stories. A lot of
my stories were just in my head, for being the youngest and living in
the country didn't bring many opportunities for an audience. I was born
in Penola, in South Australia. We had a sheep farm there until I was
six, then we moved to a property in Central Queensland. I went to
school at a one teacher school in Banana, a little country town named
after a bullock. If a friend came to visit we would write clues for
treasure hunts or pretend we were characters from films.
first short story was published in the Moura State School magazine in
1967. At 14, I moved back to South Australia and attended Gawler High
School where I won an Arts Scholarship to complete Years 11 & 12. I
started a romantic novel when I was 17 but I burnt it later.
loved teacher's college, studying education, art, music, literature
& history. But it wasn't until I was working (for ten years) in the
Middle East and Pakistan, teaching ESL, bringing up kids, when I
started to write seriously. My kids loved the stories I told and one
night after telling a story, my daughter asked me to write it down.
I am a writer, teacher, writing workshop facilitator, and on
occasions, a story teller for children. I can provide a wide variety
of presentations for schools from KG to high school; or for libraries,
and clubs such as Rotary or youth groups.
I have a PhD in
Creative Writing from the University of Adelaide and am Senior Lecturer
in Creative Writing at Tabor Adelaide, South Australia, a Christian
accredited tertiary institution. I have researched Cornish Identity in
Australian Children's Literature.
I have judged
competitions, spoken at service clubs. Currently I am chair of the
Kapunda and Eudunda Chaplaincy support group, and secretary of the
Kaounda Uniting Church, where I also take a turn at playing the organ.
- Awarded the
Carclew Fellowship, at Writers Week, Adelaide 2008.
- Awarded 'Bard of
Cornwall' in 2006
- 'Mustara' Shortlisted in NSW Premier Literary
Awards 2007; and CBCA Notable Book.
- 'Across the Creek'- winner of
the children's section of the Cornish 2005 Holyer and Gof Trophy.
the Storyteller'- shortlisted in 2005 Australian Children's Book Awards
and in SA Festival Awards; commended in The Victorian Premier's Awards;
chosen as One Book One Salisbury in the Salisbury Writers' Festival.
- Commendation in the open Cornish 2004 Hoyler and Gof Trophy,
shortlisted for Aurealis Awards 2003, Australian Children's Book Council
Notable Book, nominated for Kanga Awards.
- 'Sailmaker' - Australian
Children's Book Council Notable Book, and shortlisted for Kanga Awards,
- 'The Keeper' - chosen for The Adelaide Collection.
- Australian Children's Book Council Notable Book 1996, nominated for
CROWS Award 1996.
- 'Jihad' - shortlisted for Christian Schools Book
- Arts SA literature grant 2007.
Fellowship to Pakistan 2006
- May Gibbs Fellowship 2004
- ARTSA Emerging Artists Grants 1999 and 1996
of time funds granted for Literary Trip to Cornwall by Country Arts SA
and Arts SA 2005.
Some Other Writing:
excerpt in "The Busy Earth: a reader in Global Cornish literature
1700-2000", ed Alan Kent & Gage McKinney, Cornish Hillside, St
'Desert Mermaid' in "Grow under the Southern
Cross", ed. Lyn Hurry & Anne Hamilton, Writerlynks, Kenmore, QLD,
2008. (short story)
Excerpt from a work in progress, 'Stolen
Bride', in "Tales from the Upper Room", ed Claire Bell et al, Pantaenus
Press, Adelaide, 2008.
'Sweet Remembrance' in "Tales from the
Upper Room", ed Claire Bell et al, Pantaenus Press, Adelaide, 2007.
'Jack and Jen in Oz: Cornish identity in Australian children's
literature' in "Exile and Homecoming - papers from the Fifth Australian
Conference of Celtic Studies", ed Pamela O'Neill, University of Sydney,
'Getting Young people interested in Family History', in
"Australian Family Tree Connections", March 2006, p 36.
in Conversation: Christobel Mattingley, Rosanne Hawke & Anne
Bartlett, "Conference Papers", Australian and NZ Theological Library
Association, No 59, Spring 2006.
'At Home with Phil Cummings',
in "Reading Time", Vol 46, No 2, 2002. (article)
Grapes' in "Forked Tongues", Wakefield Press, Adelaide, 2002. (short
'Zucchini Soup' in "Forked Tongues", Wakefield Press,
Adelaide, 2002. (poem)
'Straight Talk' in "One-Up", Scripture
Union, UK, 1998. (Nativity Play for Teens).
'Dingo Fence' in
'Pursuit', Vol 2 1997, AddisonWesleyLongman. (Short Story).
See more about Rosanne:
Austlit data base
in South Australia.
Who's Who of Australian Women 2008.
about the Author', Vol 124, p98-101.
'Yorke Peninsula Country
Times', May 21st 2003, p11. www.ypct.com.au/news/03/05/21/kern5.html
'The Bunyip', Gawler SA, Wed April 30th 2003, p15.
of SA Women Writers. www.slsa.sa.gov.au
'Lollipops, what's on for kids', May/June No 12, 1996, p20