Rosemary Harris is a dynamic Australian poet, writer and performer based in the UK. A contributor to the CBeebies Poetry Pie series, Rosemary is a former member of the Sydney Theatre Company, and has performed at Sydney Opera House, at New York’s Summerfare Festival; and her UK performances include the Southbank Centre, Bristol Poetry Festival, Soho Writers’ Festival, Glastonbury Kidz Field, on Radio 3, and many others.
NOW: In 2011/12, as a result of financial support from Arts Council England and in association with Apples and Snakes and Half Moon Rosie developed a new poetry show for 3-7s, A Roo In My Suitcase. This is now touring nationally. For tour details click here.
With Apples & Snakes she has also appeared at BAC, in Verbaleyes at the Pumphouse Gallery, in the national tour of Broken Words, in the current series of children’s shows, SPIN, and at 451 at the Nuffield in Southampton.
Rosemary’s work has been published in Poetry London, Chroma, Magma, Staple, and in various anthologies. She won the Middlesex University International Poetry Competition, and was commended in the 2005 National Poetry Competition. Rosemary was commissioned writer for the award–winning Sardines – The Musical at Sadlers’ Wells in 2006. In the same year she won Spread The Word’s X-Factor style writing competition, Novel Pitch. In 2007 she was winner of the Writers’ Inc Writers Of The Year Competition. Rosemary was a 2009/10 Children’s Writer in Residence for Bexley Playbuilders Scheme.
Her work is fresh, powerful and innovative, informed by her professional theatre background, and by her extensive experience of working within marginalised communities, including young people, elders’ groups, and prisons. In 2011 she completed an MA in Creative and Life Writing at Goldsmiths College, University of London.
As well as a degree in drama, Rosemary has an MA in Creative & Life Writing, and has studied Child Development at postgraduate level with the OU. Her particular areas of expertise are creative writing, performance poetry and prose, drama, and communication and oracy skills. Her current touring show with Apples & Snakes, A Roo In My Suitcase, was funded by the Arts Council in acknowledgement of her expertise with Early Years audiences, and she is highly experienced at working in schools, and especially with Foundation Stage and KS1 groups.
Rosemary has led workshops for children and adults for the Poetry Society, Creative Partnerships, Tate Britain, De La Warr Pavilion, Create (Arts), Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Australian Theatre for Young People, the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA, Sydney), Bexley Playbuilders, and many mainstream and SEN schools. As an accomplished writer and performer, Rosemary’s workshops draw on her background in drama, music and performance to complement her work on the page, and to respond to a wide range of age groups. In 2011 Rosemary set some kind of personal record by conducting workshops for participants aged between 3 and 100. She also works with young offenders and prisoners.
Working from a principle of inclusion and fun, Rosemary’s approach is based on years of experience across a wide range of learning environments, including most recently in classroom and INSET delivery, exploring cross-curricular approaches. Rosemary has also worked extensively with children and adult SEN groups and mental health service users, and most recently conducting workshops for the Office of the Children’s Commissioner with young people in care (see link below).
Her professionalism, experience and knowledge deliver excellence and empowerment, confidence-building, and a direct experience of the value of creative self-expression, for young people and adults of all ages.