Rosetta Allan

"I start each story with the discovery a piece of information that resonates with something inside of myself. I feel empathy, curiosity, and desire to find out more." Rosetta Allan


Rosetta is a writer of prose who spent her formative writing years developing strengths in the area of poetry – writing, performing, and supporting poetry events in her hometown of Auckland. She was born in Putaruru, and grew up in Napier before moving to Auckland as a young adult, where she found her writing style. Her experiences growing up in Hawke's Bay still inspire many of the characters and landscapes in her writing.

Rosetta’s work is widely anthologised, and she has published two volumes of poetry: 'Little Rock', and 'Over Lunch'. Her first novel, 'Purgatory', was published by Penguin Books in 2014. Purgatory was well received, it remained on the Nielsen Weekly Bestsellers List for two months, and was selected as an Apple iBook ‘Top Ten Best Reads of 2014’.

Rosetta won the 2010 Kathleen Grattan Poetry Award, 2010 Metonymy Poetry Award, 2011 South Pacific Writer’s Lab Internship. In 2017, Rosetta completed her Masters of Creative Writing at the University of Auckland (First Class Honours), and was awarded a Sir James Wallace Masters of Creative Writing Scholarship. Rosetta was recently the first New Zealand writer in residence at the St Petersburg Art Residency in Russia. Her second novel 'The Unreliable People', set in Kazakhstan and Russia, was released by Penguin Random House, May 2019. She is currently the Creative NZ/University of Waikato Writer in Residence.