Rosanne Hawke i(41 works by) (a.k.a. Rosanne Joy Trevilyan; Rosanne Joy Hawke; Myrgh Trevelyan)
Born: Established: 1953 Penola, Penola area, South East South Australia, South Australia, ;
Gender: Female
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Rosanne Hawke grew up a country girl in central Queensland and in the mid-north of South Australia. She has worked in Pakistan, The United Arab Emirates and Australia. Hawke has been a Junior Primary Teacher and an ESL teacher, and she has also worked as a special needs teacher, a music teacher and a house parent. She has been a carer for her mother who had Alzheimer's Disease. Hawke has done relief teaching in kindergartens to support what she calls her 'writing habit'. In 1996 she received a grant from ARTSA for the writing of a teenage novel. In 1999 she was studying Information Management and, as a sideline, learning ancient Cornish (Kernewek). Hawke recevied a three week Varuna Retreat Fellowship for young adult fiction in 2000.


  • In 2006 she was made a Bard of Cornwall and given the name Myrgh Trevelyan: Daughter of Trevelyan, for her services in promoting Cornish identity, especially with young people.

Affiliation Notes

  • South Australian

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Personal Awards

2008 winner Festival Awards for Literature (SA) Carclew Fellowship
2005 Asialink Literature Residency Program Inaugural Asialink writer-in-residence in Pakistan. ('Footnote' by Chis Brice, The Advertiser, 1 April 2005, Preview p.11)
2000 Varuna Writers' Retreat Fellowship

Awards for Works

Taj and the Great Camel Trek 2011 single work children's fiction children's 'BELTANA SOUTH AUSTRALIA 1875
Twelve-year-old Taj and his camel Mustara are about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime.
They are joining explorer Ernest Giles on his second attempt to cross the Australian Desert where wild dogs, scorpions, poisonous snakes and a constant shortage of water mean they are never far from disaster.
As if things weren't tough enough, Taj, raised in the ways of the Afghan people, is struggling to find his place in this new and exciting land.' (Publisher's blurb)
2012 winner Festival Awards for Literature (SA) Children's Literature Award
2012 shortlisted Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards Best Language Development Book for Upper Primary Children (2003-2013)
2012 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children's Books
Mustara 2006 single work picture book children's historical fiction 'The year is 1875 and Thomas Elder of Beltana Station fits out explorer Ernest Giles' expedition to find a way across the desert. This story is told by Emmeline Elder's daughter and Taj an Afghan boy whose camel is thought too young and inexperienced to join the expedition until it saves the lives of Emmeline and Taj.' (Source: QUT Library Catalogue)
2007 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children's Books
Soraya the Storyteller 2004 single work children's fiction children's

'Soraya is a storyteller. The stories from Afghanistan keep her memories alive in Australia, as she starts a new life under the shadow of a Temporary Protection Visa. But it is the ebony horse which flies through her dreams that helps her find a strange land between remembering and forgetting, a land where she can be safe'. (Publication summary))

2006 shortlisted Festival Awards for Literature (SA) Children's Literature Award
2005 shortlisted Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Book of the Year: Younger Readers
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