Rachel Rooney

Rachel Rooney

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Rachel Rooney was born in London, the fifth of six children and now lives in Brighton, Sussex. She works as a special needs teacher, along with visiting schools for poetry workshops.

Her first collection of poems for older children The Language of Cat was the 2011 Poetry Book Society children’s choice. It also won the 2012 CLPE Poetry Award and was long listed for the Carnegie Medal. Her first rhyming picture book, A Patch of Black was published by Macmillan Children’s Books in September 2012, followed by her poetry collection My Life As A Goldfish with Frances Lincoln in October 2014. Rachel has written a new version of Sleeping Beauty for young emerging readers, which was released in September 2015 in the Big Cat Reading Scheme collection with Collins. 

We asked Rachel 3 questions about her life and this is what she said:

Do you have brothers and sisters - did you get along when you were children?

“I have 4 sisters and one brother. When I was young, everything was divided into 6. I always wanted to be an only child because then I'd have more toys, food and adult attention and, best of all, a bedroom to myself. But even though we all fought a lot we also had lots of fun. And if I fell out with one sibling there was always another one around to play with.”

Who are your heroes or heroines?

“My heroine is Helen Keller. I've been interested in her since I was a child. She was a woman born in the 1800's who, despite being both deaf and blind, became a writer and a political activist. She was an amazingly intelligent woman who learned and communicated all through touch.”

Describe your perfect day.

My perfect day would involve writing, walking the dogs and talking with friends by an open fire.

Books by Rachel Rooney

The Language of Cat (Frances Lincoln)
A Patch of Black (Macmillan Children’s Books)
My Life As a Goldfish (Frances Lincoln) Published October 2014
Sleeping Beauty (Collins)

Praise for The Language of Cat

‘Rachel Rooney’s poetry collection for children is a well-crafted, stimulating and unpatronising box of delights, always accessible and constantly inventive.’
Carol Ann Duffy

For more information about Rachel Rooney please visit:

www.rachelrooneypoet.com, www.franceslincoln.com , www.panmacmillan.com