Rachel Rooney

Rachel Rooney

Rachel Rooney is a teacher and poet who often visits schools for poetry readings and workshops. Her first collection of poems The Language of Cat won the 2012 CLPE Award and was long listed for the Carnegie Medal. Her second collection of poems,  My Life as a Goldfish was shortlisted for the 2015 CLiPPA (CLPE Award). 

Her next poetry collection A Kid in My Class, illustrated by Chris Riddell,  is out with Otter-Barry Books in 2018.

Rachel Rooney's poetry collection for children is a well-crafted, stimulating and unpatronising box of delights, always accessible and constantly inventive.’ Carol Ann Duffy

Click here to watch some videos of Rachel performing her poems and answering some questions about poetry.


And click here for a Poetry Archive sound recording of Rachel reading out some more of her poems.

Books by Rachel Rooney featured in Pop Up Education programmes

My life as a goldfish
Language of cat