All About Rowena House
All About Rowena
Rowena House spent years as a Reuter’s foreign correspondent in Europe and Africa before fulfilling a life-time’s ambition to write fiction as well as non-fiction. Her debut short story, The Marshalling of Angelique’s Geese, won the Andersen Press-Bath Spa University prize for WW1 fiction and was published in War Girls, alongside stories from eight of Britain’s top YA authors. Her debut First World War novel for teens, The Goose Road, became an Amazon No. 1 Bestseller in its first week of publication. It was named a Best Book of the Year for younger reader by The Daily Telegraph and has been nominated for the Carnegie Medal 2019. While continuing to work as a journalist, specialised in international development, Rowena gained an MA (distinction) in writing for young people in 2015. Since then she has mentored and taught adult writers, and is currently studying for a Diploma in Education and Training (DET) in order to teach English language to 16+ learners.
Rowena’s School Visits
Rowena offers bespoke packages of creative writing workshops, including student writing activities, and talks suitable from Year 6 to Key Stage 5.
Recommended workshop size: maximum 30 learners. Talks: at the school’s discretion.
Resources required: PowerPoint projector; also, for workshops, pens & paper or laptops.
Talks: adaptable across the full age range. Duration: 30 minutes illustrated talk, plus 15 minutes Q&A
- Life as a wordsmith: from foreign correspondent to historical fiction writer
- Why read & write? The power of stories and storytelling
- Researching the First World War: a personal journey
- Historical fiction: a gateway to the present
Fiction writing workshops: one hour (or 45 minutes on request) for Key Stages 3 & 4
- Character creation techniques
- Voice: what it is and how to create it
- Dialogue to deepen character and move your plot along
- The five senses and Place: descriptive writing to enhance character, plot and setting
- Story structure, including the magic of turning points
- ‘Show, not tell’ and other professional tips to sharpen your narrative
The Goose Road
France 1916. Angélique Lacroix is haymaking when the postman delivers the news: her father is dead, killed on a distant battlefield. She makes herself a promise: the farm will remain exactly the same until her beloved older brother comes home from the Front. “I think of it like a magical spell. If I can stop time, if nothing ever changes, then maybe he won’t change either.” But a storm ruins the harvest, her mother falls ill and then the requisition appears… In a last-ditch attempt to save the farm from bankruptcy, Angélique embarks on a journey across France with her brother’s flock of magnificent Toulouse geese.
“A gem … House is a wonderful storyteller.” The Daily Telegraph
“A beautiful historical quest bursting with resilience & hope.” South Wales Evening Post
“Gorgeous historical novel … with a tenacious heroine.” The Bookseller
1914: war has broken out across Europe and beyond. Nothing will ever be the same again for those caught up in the conflict.
This collection of short stories explores how the First World War changed and shaped the lives of women forever. A courageous nurse risks her life at the Front Line; a young woman discovers independence and intrigue in wartime London; and a grief-stricken widow defends her homeland amidst the destruction of war.
Through these and other tales, War Girls presents a moving portrait of loss and grief, and of hope overcoming terrible odds.
“War Girls gathers together some of the finest writers for older readers to bring to life the impact the First World War had on women … Excellent.” The Bookseller
“Remarkable collection of powerfully moving stories.” Ham & High
To Make a Booking
To make an enquiry about Rowena, or any of the other authors, poets & illustrators listed on this website, please phone Trevor Wilson on +44 (0) 1535 656015, or email him at email@example.com