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Rosanne Hawke Rosanne Hawke i(A14205 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.

Most Referenced Works


  • 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

Personal Awards

2015 winner Nance Donkin Literary Award
2008 winner Festival Awards for Literature (SA) Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature Max Fatchen Fellowship
2005 recipient Asialink Arts Exchanges Program Inaugural Asialink writer-in-residence in Pakistan. ('Footnote' by Chris Brice, The Advertiser, 1 April 2005, Preview p.11)

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Fozia and the Quest of Prince Zal St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2021 19703279 2021 single work children's fiction children's

''Fozia noticed smoke from the chimney curling to the sky. The brick kiln was working again but she didn't want to go there. She couldn't let the kiln owner see her.'

'Twelve-year-old Fozia has survived the worst flood in Pakistan's history. But her life will never be the same. With her little sister gone and her parents missing, Fozia now lives with Jehan's family in a new village, hoping that one day she will see her family again. But after returning to her old home and coming face to face with the brick-kiln owner, Fozia realises there is much more at stake if she's made to pay back her family's debt to the owner.

'To escape her new reality, Fozia tells her friends a fairytale about Prince Zal. He rides a magic carpet on a quest to find his little sister, battling leopards and hidden serpents along the way. But can Prince Zal succeed in his quest if the truth behind Fozia's story is revealed?' (Publication summary)

2022 CBCA Book of the Year Awards Notable Book Younger Readers
y separately published work icon Jehan and the Quest of the Lost Dog St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2017 11496598 2017 single work children's fiction children's

Jehan closed his eyes to pray, then opened them again. It wasn’t a dream. The water was still there – the biggest flood he had seen in his life. 

'For nine-year-old Jehan, life in Pakistan is just as it should be. He attends school, plays cricket with his little brother and fetches water for his family. But when the monsoon unleashes a catastrophic flood, Jehan is swept away from his village and becomes trapped in a tree. 

'Jehan stays alive by rescuing things from the floodwater, but as the days pass with no sign of help, Jehan starts to despair. Will he ever see his family again? 

'Then Jehan rescues a dog and he is no longer alone. But why does the dog keep swimming away? Where is she going? 

'Eventually, Jehan must follow the lost dog into the floodwater. But will the dog’s quest lead them to safety? Or to more danger? 

'Sensitively told, this important story brings home the horrific reality of natural disasters on the lives of children, families and communities around the world, but celebrates need for hope, kindness and resilience that these situations inspire in their aftermath. ' (Publication summary)

2018 shortlisted Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards Five to 8 Years
2018 CBCA Book of the Year Awards Notable Book Younger Readers
y separately published work icon Daughter of Nomads St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2016 9173961 2016 single work children's fiction children's

'First moon of summer, 1662: On the edge of the Mughal Empire, fourteen-year-old Jahani lives with her mother in the village of Sherwan. Surrounded by the majestic snow-topped mountains, her life is happy but simple; Jahani enjoys spending time with her best friend Sameela who is about to be married. So why is Jahani plagued by dreams of fire and a child who has lost her mother? And why does she feel like she doesn't belong?

'After Jahani and Sameela are attacked in the bazaar, Jahani discovers all is not as it seems. Before long, Jahani is fleeing on a warhorse with the mysterious protector Azhar. Surrounded by deceit and danger, Jahani does not know who to trust as Azhar leads her higher north over treacherous terrain towards the fabled Qurraqoram Mountains. But when they reach their destination, will Jahani find out the truth and be in control of her own destiny?' (Publication summary)

2017 CBCA Book of the Year Awards Notable Book Younger Readers
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