Rosemary Harris is an Australian/British writer, performer, director and producer. She is a NIDA Acting graduate (National Institute of Dramatic Art, Sydney) and an MA (Distinction) in Creative and Life Writing, Goldsmiths, University of London.

Her work has been widely published, 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, and many others. She was shortlisted for the 2014 Observer/Anthony Burgess Prize.

Her company Papertale has produced the Suitcase Trilogy of spoken word shows for young people, including A Roo In My Suitcase, One Way Ticket, and Map of Me touring the UK with Half Moon Theatre and Apples and Snakes, funded by Grants for the Arts, Arts Council England.

In June this year, Rosemary was invited to present on the development, writing and performance of One Way Ticket at the V&A Museum of Childhood Conference: Britain’s Child Migrants: interpreting the past and remembering today


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Rosemary is currently producing and directing Boys Don't, which explores issues of young men's and boys' emotional expression, and the impact of gender roles on mental distress.

Boys Don't will tour in Spring 2017, in partnership with Half Moon and Apples and Snakes SE.


An interview with Rosemary about her spoken word theatre work may be seen at Stages of Half Moon, a stunning new online archive of London's historic East End Theatre.