Literary work


Rosalyn’s first novel Catching Shellfish Between the Tides (Sceptre) was published in 1998. A winner of prizes before it was published, it won the 1995 Armagh Writers’ International Short Story Award and the 1996 Waterstones and Terrence Higgins Trust Short Story Competition, published in It Must Be Love (Penguin Books, 1997).

Helen Dunmore called it: ‘an assured, graceful debut.’

The Independent on Sunday said: ‘Chissick’s achievement is to create strong, memorable characters…’

Rosalyn was one of the original Lit Chicks published in Girls’ Night In (HarperCollins/War Child) alongside Marian Keyes, Fiona Walker and Chris Manby.

Rosalyn’s second novel, colourbook (Sceptre) was published in 1999.

The Big Issue said: ‘Occasionally a novel is so absorbing that it makes your world stand still. Rosalyn Chissick’s latest offering, colourbook, does just that.’

The Times said: ‘colourbook is a work of some definite literary significance.’

Rosalyn became a full-time mother and a healer and is now working on her third novel, Your Favourite Thing. Its opening section has just won a competition with LiteratureWorks, an Arts Council national organisation and is featured as its podcast of the month in April 2014.


South West Arts competition winner

Selection of poems published in Proof 8 (White Horse Press)

Bristol Poetry Slam winner (declared ‘the best poetry slam in Europe’ at the Cheltenham Festival of Literature)

Published inThe Bristol Poetry Slam Anthology (Pimp$ of the Alphab£t Press)


Rosalyn has performed her poetry and extracts from her novels at

The Dalai Lama’s temple in Northern India

The Glastonbury Festival Poetry Tent

Bars, bookshops and arts centres in London and the South West

She toured the country with The Bristol Poetry Slam’s founders and principal winners


Rosalyn has ghostwritten four books (published by Virgin, Penguin and ThorsonsElement)

Contact Rosalyn

If you would like to buy a book (autographed copies available on request) or you would like Rosalyn to run a workshop, or to edit or proofread for you, please get in contact.