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Rosemary Hayes
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Born Rosemary Bates
10 December 1942 (1942-12-10) (age 78)
Newbury, Berkshire, England, UK
Occupation Author, Creative Writing tutor
Nationality British
Genre Children’s
Subject Historical fiction/Fantasy/ Adventure
Spouse Colin Hayes
Children Alex, Philippa and Oliver

Rosemary Hayes (born 10 December 1942) is a British author who has written around 50 books for children aimed at ages from seven years to teenagers, and edited many more.

Early life

Hayes was born and brought up in rural Berkshire. She read avidly as a child and was particularly influenced by the books of Elizabeth Goudge and the Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis.


Hayes attended Brightwalton Primary School from 1947-50 then St Gabriel’s, Sandleford Priory in Newbury. In 1970 she enrolled in a Creative Writing Course at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.


She has lived and worked in France, USA and Australia and has traveled widely in Europe, the Middle and Far East. Her researches for Forgotten Footprints and The Blue-eyed Aborigine took her to the Netherlands and the Shipwreck Museum in Freemantle: see Booklaunch

Publishing, Teaching and Writing career

Hayes came to writing from a background in advertising, marketing and publishing. She worked intermittently for Cambridge University Press from 1986-2001 and one of her jobs was to run a national children’s writing competition, The Cambridge Young Writers’ Award, which attracted thousands of entries. In 1989 she launched her own publishing company, Anglia Young Books, producing curriculum-related historical fiction for primary schools. She sold the company to Mill Publishing in 2000 but continued to commission books for the new owners for several years. She has written more than 45 books for children and is working on more. Her first novel, ‘Race Against Time’ (set in Australia) was runner up for the Kathleen Fidler Award in 1988. Many of Hayes’ other books have been shortlisted for awards. Details are on her author website. Hayes teaches Creative Writing at an adult learning centre in Letchworth and runs creative writing workshops in various schools in England.


Hayes has frequently been interviewed on local radio (BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, BBC Radio Essex, BBC Radio Suffolk) and in the press (Cambridge News and Eastern Daily Press).

Work with Walden Writers

Hayes is an active member of Walden Writers and within this she set up a critique group with other published authors including Penny Speller, Amy Corzine, Victor Watson author and Jane Wilson-Howarth. She is also a member of the Society of Authors East Anglian Writers and The Scattered Authors’ Society


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