Rosemary Harris is a writer, performer, director and workshop leader. 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.
As Papertale, Rosemary 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. Papertale's last project, Boys Don't, explored issues of boys' emotional expression, and the impact of gender roles on mental distress. After premiering at Half Moon Theatre, Boys Don't toured the UK, including live-streaming from Brighton Festival, and was a finalist in the 2018 Off West End Theatre Awards, for Best Production for Young People.
Rosemary has just been announced as the recipient of a 2019 RSL 'Literature Matters' Award, presented at the Women In Power event with Helena Kennedy and Gina Miller, at the British Library on March 8th, International Women's Day.
The award is for her project Word Bridges, working again in partnership with English PEN and Salusbury World, on a project delivering creative writing workshops and a performance event in June, for young refugee participants and their families.
Rosemary is also currently working with Apples and Snakes and Half Moon Theatre as dramaturg/script mentor and co-writer for Crowded, a new spoken word theatre show on young people and mental health, for SPINE 2019.
Now in its 5th year, SPINE Festival will be running in 17 boroughs across London from 7 – 16 March. Produced by Apples and Snakes, SPINE 2019 is a multi-disciplinary arts festival giving young people the chance to engage with workshops and live performances for free at their local library.
The theme of this year’s festival is teen wellbeing.
In 2018 Rosemary worked with English PEN as co-ordinator and writer for the Brave New Voices programme of creative writing and performance for young refugees and asylum-seekers across London.
Brave New Voices performed as part of last year's BBC Proms, in the Ten Pieces Prom, delivering Home, an original poem written with and directed by Rosemary, with Alice Guthrie as translator, performed with the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
'The idea of home and homecoming was the focus of the night's most moving moment... due to the literary charity PEN, which has been helping refugee children to give voice to their experience of living in exile in the UK. Among them is the group of Syrian-born children who came on stage to give a remarkably assured recitation of a jointly-composed prose poem. It offered a moving description of the difficulties of life far from home...' Ivan Hewett, Review, Telegraph
For further on this exciting event, see this BBC News coverage.