Rosemary Harris is an Australian poet, writer and performer, based in the UK.
Her work has been widely published and performed, including Poetry London, Index on Censorship, Magma, Staple, Chroma, and various anthologies. A former member of the Sydney Theatre Company, Rosemary has performed at Sydney Opera House, New York’s Summerfare Festival, and her UK performances include the Southbank Centre, Bristol Poetry Festival, Soho Writers’ Festival, Glastonbury Festival, Radio 3's The Verb, the Australia and NZ Festival of Arts and Literature, the V&A Museum of Childhood, and many others. She has won various poetry prizes including Index On Censorship's 40th anniversary poetry competition, which she won with her poem, Spelling Malala. She has been Commended in the National Poetry Competition, and was shortlisted for the 2014 Observer/Anthony Burgess Prize for Arts Journalism for her essay, Ventriloquy of the Body Electric.
Rosemary's work for children includes writing for CBeebies' Poetry Pie, and she is the founder of Papertale, producing, writing and performing in the Suitcase Trilogy of spoken word shows for young people, including A Roo In My Suitcase, One Way Ticket, and Map of Me, all touring the UK with Half Moon Theatre and Apples and Snakes, funded by Grants for the Arts, Arts Council England.
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. With her company, Papertale, she has developed three touring spoken word shows with Apples & Snakes and Half Moon Young People's Theatre.
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, the V&A Museum of Childhood, Jerwood Gallery, Discover, 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. Rosemary has literally delivered workshops for participants aged between 2 and 100, in theatres, prisons, care homes, museums, galleries, community centres, mobile libraries, festivals, and even on board ships.
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 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 has conducted workshops for the Office of the Children’s Commissioner with young people in care.
Her professionalism, experience and knowledge deliver excellence and empowerment, confidence-building, and a direct experience of the value of creative self-expression through language, for young people and adults of all ages.