RacheI Rooney is a trained teacher and children’s poet. Her work has been published in numerous anthologies. In 2011 her collection The Language of Cat won the CLPE Poetry Award and was long-listed for the Carnegie Medal. Her latest collection My Life as a Goldfish was shortlisted for the CLiPPA 2015. Her next collection A Kid in My Class will be published by Otter - Barry Books in 2018. She visits schools for workshops with pupils and has performed her work at festivals and for The Children’s Bookshow.