Books

  • Bittersweet Seventeens

    Dedicated with deepest love to Rosie's father, Roy (RR) Johnston (1924 - 2012), who 'gave me life in so many ways', Bittersweet Seventeens is a celebration of life in all its flavours. Rosie does not call her poems 'Haiku', though like Haiku in the western style they have seventeen syllables per stanza. Their closer cousins are Early Irish syllabic poems like Pangur Ban and The Voyage of Bran. Enjoy them singly or as a sequence.
  • Orion

    ‘Orion: a Poem Sequence is an epic love poem in the classical tradition’ – Culture Northern Ireland. Each verse is, as ever, 17 syllables long. Many are little poems in their own right. 'I love the simple class and quality of the poems - and of the book' Sean Street
  • Sweet Seventeens

    Rosie’s much loved first collection. ‘How much life can you squeeze into seventeen syllables? Quite a lot if you’re Rosie Johnston. Some of these poems are like tiny stories, others like soft pillows, others like pieces of ice. Read them and you’ll want to write a few of your own!’ Author and Bookseller, Vestal McIntyre
  • The Most Intimate Place

    Patrick, a young journalist, has fallen obsessively in love with a local woman priest. He is writing to his girlfriend to explain why he is on remand for the priest’s murder and intimate assault.
  • WYSIGHOST

    Tim (10) loves science. His sister Rox (13) believes in spooks and spells. When their family moves into Greenwich Abbey, they are haunted by a ghost who just might be out to kill them!
  • I Sue You

    If you can smile in adversity, you’ve thought of somebody you can sue. Long ago in a galaxy far away Rosie was a City solicitor. The experience was bound to come in handy eventually.
  • You’re Nicked

    Rosie’s second collection of daft legal situations for Crombie Jardine.
  • Canon Noel Duckworth: An Extraordinary Life

    Having been a Padre on the Burma railway during WW2, Canon Duckworth became Churchill College’s first Chaplain and spiritual father of its Boat Club. Author Michael Smyth is a founder member of Rosie’s Churchill Writing Group.