About me

Last updated April 2016
Writer and Teacher

I have been writing professionally for almost twenty years. Writing is my passion. Teaching was my career for over twenty years, under my then name of Ros Kloos. I miss working with youngsters but love writing for them and it's always a pleasure and privilege to visit schools and take a part in the pupils' creative development. I have become involved over the last few years with Heritage Funded projects recording the lives of older people in the community and researching past lives from the local Jewish cemetery.

PUBLICATIONS
Website:
  • Lives Behind the Stones, a Heritage Lottery Funded research project creating a website with information about Leicester's Jewish cemetery, researched stories of lives 'behind the stones' and a database providing full genealogical search facilities. 2015 
Books:
  • Children's Book of Richard III, The Reading Shop Oadby, July 2014, ISBN 978-0-99293-020-2
  • Children’s History of Leicester, Hometown World Publishers, May 2011, ISBN 978-1849931496
  • Bathtime Rap, Picture book, Franklin Watts, 2008, ISBN 970-0-7496-7951-4 
  • Jewish Voices, A collection of reminiscences and history of a community affected by World War II, Heritage Lottery Funded, 2009 
Articles and Short stories: 
  • The 1950s Menu, Yours Yearbook 2010 
  • Bathtime Rap poster and musical rap feature, the Scholastic Nursery Education PLUS Magazine, October 2009 
  • The work behind the project: Jewish Voices, NAWE Quart. No. 48 Summer 2009  
  • With Two Hats On: therapeutic writing workshops, Lapidus Quart. Autumn 2007  
  • Birds' Eye View; taking part in the bird count, The Lady August/September 1999 
  • 12 short stories published in Yours, Woman's Weekly, Bella, Best, Take a Break, Chat and My Weekly from 1998 to 2002. 

TEACHING/TUTORING WORK
  • Creative writing tutor 
  • Writing workshop leader 
  • Primary and secondary school teacher 

QUALIFICATIONS
  • History degree BA (Hons) 2:2 at University of Leicester 1979 to 1981
  • Post-graduate certificate in education at University of Leicester School of Education 1982
  • Adult tutor certificate
  • Certificate in Counselling skills 
Book launch with Alice Povey, illustrator, on my left.
My Children's Book of Richard III, is continuing to sell well. Here is a picture of the launch day in July 2015 at Leicester's ancient Guildhall.