Rachel Rooney trained and worked as a teacher of Special Needs for many years before re-discovering her love of writing poetry.
Her first poetry collection The Language of Cat won the CLPE Poetry Award and was long-listed for the Carnegie Medal. Her second collection My Life as a Goldfish was shortlisted for the CLiPPA 2015. Her latest poetry book A Kid in My Class is published by Otter – Barry Books in 2018. She visits schools for workshops, has performed her work at festivals and has been a judge for both the CLiPPA and the Betjeman Poetry Prize.
Rachel has had a picture book, Patch of Black, published by Macmillan and also writes texts for educational publishers.