Rachel Rooney

Rachel Rooney was born in London in 1962, the fifth of six children. She trained and worked as a teacher of Special Needs for many years before discovering her love of writing poetry.

She has had her poems published in numerous children’s anthologies and her first solo collection, The Language of Cat, was published by Frances Lincoln and subsequently won the CLPE Poetry Award. Her second collection, My Life as a Goldfish, was shortlisted for the same award. Rachel has had a picture book, Patch of Black, published by Macmillan and also writes texts for educational publishers.

She now teaches children’s poetry workshops and lives in Brighton.