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.
Taj and the Great Camel Trek2011single 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)
Mustara2006single 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)
'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))