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.
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.
Rosemary's current spoken word project, Boys Don't, in partnership with Half Moon and Apples and Snakes SE, was funded by Grants for the Arts, Arts Council England. The show explores issues of boys' emotional expression, and the impact of gender roles on mental distress. After premiering at Half Moon Theatre, Boys Don't has 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 is currently working with Apples and Snakes and Half Moon as dramaturg and script mentor for a new spoken word theatre show for SPINE Festival 2019, on young people and mental health.
Rosemary has also been working 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. Her work has included editing two anthologies, including this year's The Future House.
Brave New Voices performed as part of this year's BBC Proms, in the Ten Pieces Prom in July, delivering 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
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