Author Profile - Rosemary Hayes

Author of: the Travellers series and YA novel Taken.

Rosemary’s first novel for children, Race Against Time was runner-up for the Kathleen Fidler Award and since then she has written over forty books for children, from five year olds to teenagers, many of which have been shortlisted for awards.

Rosemary lived and worked in Australia for some years and it was there that she first started writing, after completing a creative writing course at Monash University. She still returns regularly to Australia to see family and friends and several of her novels are based on events in the country’s colourful history. One of these, The Blue Eyed Aborigine has recently been optioned for a film by a Sydney-based production company (see

After returning to the UK, Rosemary worked in publishing, first for Cambridge University Press and then she founded Anglia Young Books, which produced curriculum related historical fiction for primary schools. She eventually sold the company to the Belfast based publisher, Motivation in Learning.

As well as writing stories, Rosemary is currently a reader for a well-known authors’ advisory service and runs creative writing workshops for both children and adults.

She’s delighted to be working with Ransom Publishing and very much enjoyed researching The Travellers, visiting many Romany families in their homes and finding out about how they live now and how they lived in the past.

For more information about Rosemary and to keep up-to-date with her news, visit her website at, or follow her on Twitter @HayesRosemary.


Read our interview with Rosemary on our Ransom blog.

Read An Introduction to: Taken, Rosemary’s latest novel, on the Raven blog.