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Rose Northey
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Rose Northey

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Rose Northey is a Takapuna-born, Wellington-based illustrator and poet. She spent her childhood sketching animals with her grandfather and mother, doodled her way through an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering and after three comfy years in Product Development Engineering realised she wanted to try her luck at a creative career. At first Rose focused on performance poetry, but one day by accident, when her domestic flight was delayed by fog, she began sketching portraits of other waiting passengers to pass the time and rediscovered her joy for drawing. These portraits led to play, play led to commissions and commissions led to learning more about digital painting and gradually discovering the exciting world of illustration. Rose has been working full time as a creative for two years now. She has produced her own comedy fringe show (titled “Open your mouth and I will poet all over your face”) and has fully illustrated a visual novel game for the indie studio, SkyBear Games. A TedxAuckland Alumni and the current champion of the Going West Writers Festival Poetry Grand Slam, Rose brings a sense of joy and silliness to all of her art forms. She won the Storylines Gavin Bishop Award for Illustration in 2021, producing illustrations for Susan Wardell's story The Lighthouse Princess.

Books by Rose Northey

The Lighthouse Princess

The 2021 Storylines Gavin Bishop Award-winning picture book is a delightful contemporary fairytale about an independent princess, who looks after a very special lighthouse lamp, fishes off the balcony and goes swimming with seals.

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Awards & recognition

New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults

Winner  •  2023  •  Best First Book for The Lighthouse Princess

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The Lighthouse Princess colouring sheet

Colouring in is the perfect afternoon activity! Why not download this gorgeous colouring sheet for The Lighthouse Princess for your little one?

The Lighthouse Princess spot the difference

Spot the difference between these two beautiful illustrations by Rose Northey from The Lighthouse Princess!