I’m a writer and former journalist with a background in newspaper and BBC radio reporting.
My debut children’s novel, The Keeper of the Stones, is due out in early 2020 with a small independent publisher, Hayloft Books.
My previously published work has been short stories under the name Roz DeKett. The Silence of Geraniums was published by The Nottingham Review in May 2018. Another short story, Friday’s Child, took second place in the Bedford Writing Competition 2017 and was published in their anthology in 2018. The Adonis Effect, also a short story, was published in Fish Anthology 2017, available here. In 2016, my short memoir piece A Game of Cribbage was published by the York Literary Review, here. I’ve also been published in the American children’s literary magazine, Cricket.
As Roz Kay, I worked as a reporter on The Journal in Newcastle upon Tyne and on the Liverpool Echo. I was a reporter, producer, and news editor for BBC Radio Manchester, and a producer for the original BBC Radio 5.
I have a BA Hons in English Literature and History from the University of Leeds, where I worked on the student newspaper and launched myself into journalism by interviewing the author Roald Dahl, entertainer Tommy Steele, the England rugby union captain Bill Beaumont, and Olympic gold medal swimmer Duncan Goodhew, among others.
While growing up, I lived in Ghana, Borneo, and Canada, as well as the UK. I now live in Wiltshire, close to the great stone circles that inspired my children’s novel.