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Rosanne jubilee Hawke
Born 1953
Penola, South Australia, Australia
Occupation Author
Genre Children's literature

Rosanne Hawke (born 1953) is an Australian author from Penola, South Australia who has written over 25 books for young adults and children. She teaches tertiary level Creative Writing (especially Writing for Children) at Tabor Adelaide. She has a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Adelaide.

Writing career

Hawke lives in a little old Cornish farmhouse near Kapunda, South Australia, and has spent significant time researching Cornish identity in Australian children's literature. She writes about culture, faith, relationships, displacement and belonging, music and cats.

Her first short story was published in the magazine of Moura State School, Queensland in 1967 when she was in grade 8. At 14 years, She moved back to South Australia and attended Gawler High School where she won an Arts Scholarship to complete Years 11 & 12. She started a romantic novel when she was 17 but burnt it later. It wasn't until Rosanne was working in the Middle East and Pakistan, teaching English as a Second Language and bringing up kids that she started to write seriously.

Rosanne was shortlisted for the Australian Aurealis Awards and was a winner in the Kanga Awards Focus List. Some of her best recognised books include Kelsey and the Quest of the Porcelain Doll (a Children’s Book Council of Australia Notable Book), Across the Creek, (winner of the Cornish 2005 Holyer an Gof Award for Children’s Literature) and Taj and the Great Camel Trek (2012 Adelaide Festival Children’s Book Award). She has been awarded a Tabor Adelaide Award for Teaching Excellence, 2009 Australian Learning and Teaching Council, “Citation For Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning”, she won Carclew Fellowship at SA Writers Week 2006, is the recipient of the 2014 Nance Donkin Award, and is officially a Bard of Cornwall.

According to Bennett, Hawke pioneered multicultural approaches to writing for children. Her work as a teacher in Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates may have contributed to this slant.


  • Jehan and the quest of the lost dog - Australian Children's Council Notable Book 2018.
  • Awarded the Carclew Fellowship, at Writers Week, Adelaide 2008.
  • Awarded 'Bard of Cornwall' in 2006
  • Mustara Shortlisted in NSW Premier Literary Awards 2007; and CBCA Notable Book.
  • Across the Creek - winner of the children's section of the Cornish 2005 Holyer and Gof Trophy.
  • Soraya the Storyteller - shortlisted in 2005 Australian Children's Book Awards and in SA Festival Awards; commended in The Victorian Premier's Awards; chosen as One Book One Salisbury in the Salisbury Writers' Festival.
  • Wolfchild - Commendation in the open Cornish 2004 Hoyler and Gof Trophy, shortlisted for Aurealis Awards 2003, Australian Children's Book Council Notable Book, nominated for Kanga Awards.
  • Sailmaker - Australian Children's Book Council Notable Book, and shortlisted for Kanga Awards, 2003.
  • The Keeper - chosen for The Adelaide Collection.
  • Re-entry - Australian Children's Book Council Notable Book 1996, nominated for CROWS Award 1996.
  • Jihad - shortlisted for Christian Schools Book Award 1999.
  • Arts SA literature grant 2007.
  • Asialink Fellowship to Pakistan 2006
  • May Gibbs Fellowship 2004
  • Varuna Fellowship 2000
  • ARTSA Emerging Artists Grants 1999 and 1996
  • Out of time funds granted for Literary Trip to Cornwall by Country Arts SA and Arts SA 2005.
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