Allan, Rosetta

Allan, Rosetta


Primary publisher
Penguin Random House

In Brief

Rosetta Allan is a poet, novelist, and short fiction writer. She has released two collections of poetry (Little Rock, 2007 and Over Lunch, 2010) as well as a historical novel (Purgatory, Penguin Books New Zealand, 2014). Allan lives in Auckland and works as Creative Director and Writer for Creative Exchange NZ. She was the recipient of a Michael King Writers Centre Summer Residency for 2018.

Allan, Rosetta is a novelist, poet, and short fiction writer. Born in Putaruru, Allan studied at the University of Auckland, obtaining her Masters of Creative Writing in 2017.

Allan released her first volume of poetry, Little Rock, in 2007. This was followed by a second, Over Lunch, in 2010. She was awarded Kathleen Grattan Award for best series of poetry 2010, and a Metonymy Award for best poem in 2010.

In 2014, Allan published her first novel, a re-imagining of the 1865 Otahuhu murders, called Purgatory. Reviewer John McCrystal noted her talent for characterisation, “accomplished with a talent for capturing quirks of human behaviour, movement and appearance, along with an acute ear for dialogue, effort that isn't spared even for minor characters.” (NZ Herald).

Purgatory remained on the Nielsen Weekly Bestsellers list for two months, and was selected as an Apple ibook ‘Top Ten Best Reads of 2014’.

In 2016, Rosetta was the first New Zealand writer in residence at the St Petersburg Art Residency in Russia where she undertook research for her current novel. 2017. 2018, Rosetta was the recipient of the Michael King Writers Centre Summer Residency. February 2019, Rosetta took up the position of Creative NZ/University of Waikato Writer in Residence in Hamilton for the year.

Her second novel The Unreliable People will be launched by Penguin Random House on May 7, 2019.


Updated September 2018.