Inspiring Young Readers

posted on 20 Oct 2017

An Interview with Rachel Rooney

The Letterpress Project has asked authors and illustrators to think about what has inspired them as artists, what their favourite books are and how they relate to their audience - we've also asked them if they themselves are book collectors.

We are delighted to present an exclusive interview with the children's poet, Rachel Rooney. RacheI  is a teacher as well as a children’s poet. In 2011 her collection The Language of Cat won the CLPE Poetry Award and was long-listed for the Carnegie Medal. Her latest collection My Life as a Goldfish was shortlisted for the CLiPPA 2015. Her next collection A Kid in My Class will be published by Otter - Barry Books in 2018. She visits schools for workshops with pupils and has performed her work at festivals and for The Children’s Bookshow. She was Chair of Judges for the CLiPPA 2017 and was also a judge for this year's Betjeman Prize.

Rachel has her own website which can be found at :

You can read her interview for us here: