Author Archives: Roz Kay

About Roz Kay

Roz Kay is a writer and former journalist with her debut children’s novel, The Keeper of the Stones, appearing in 2020 from Hayloft Books. Roz's short fiction has been published under the name Roz DeKett in Fish Publishing’s 2017 Anthology, The Nottingham Review, The York Literary Review, and the Bedford International Writing Competition’s 2018 Anthology. She has also appeared as Roz Kay in the American children’s literary magazine, Cricket. As a news journalist, Roz worked for The Journal in the North East, the Liverpool Echo, and BBC local and national radio in Manchester. She is a graduate of the University of Leeds and lives in Wiltshire.

Strange times …

A quick update: both my planned school visits and my signing day at Avebury for the launch of The Keeper of the Stones are on hold because of the understandable and necessary measures to manage the spread of the coronavirus. … Continue reading

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“Suspense, an occasional laugh, and many surprises”

My publisher, Hayloft, is expecting the copies of my debut children’s novel, The Keeper of the Stones, from the printer on 23 March. There will be fewer than 500 copies available. Advance orders are going well and anyone who pre-orders a … Continue reading

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You could win an original illustration

How often do you get a chance to win an original piece of art? Now, you could – by advance ordering a copy of The Keeper of the Stones, my debut children’s novel. It’s illustrated by multimedia designer and artist … Continue reading

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The Keeper of the Stones

Imagine starting to write a book in 1987. Finishing it in 1995. Having interest from publishers, but not getting a bite. Imagine it sitting on various hard drives until more than 20 years later, you open the file, rewrite it … Continue reading

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Sponsoring an entry for the Bath Novel Award 2019

I’m very pleased to be able to sponsor an entry for a low income writer for the Bath Novel Award for the first time, after sponsoring an entry for the Bath Children’s Novel Award in 2018. Being part of the … Continue reading

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Sponsoring the next great children’s author?

By Roz DeKett Authors who write for children have such a special place in my heart. I still have a few books from my childhood in the 1960s. As Stig Abell reveals in this tweet, the stories you loved as … Continue reading

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A balm for anyone battered by our post-truth culture: Chris Buckley

Guest post by poet Chris Buckley, whose chapbook BLUING is available from Finishing Line Press. Nostalgia, though a potent marketing force, is deadly in art. It transforms rich, emotional imagery into one-dimensional kitsch. So much poetry is devoted to nostalgia, … Continue reading

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