Rosemary Bailey is an award-winning author of memoirs and travel books, born in Halifax, Yorkshire. She has been based in the French Pyrenees for many years, and has written a trilogy of books about a region she has grown to love and know intimately. Rosemary is married to the biographer Barry Miles.

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Scarlet Ribbons

A new edition of the acclaimed Scarlet Ribbons: A Priest with AIDS, has now been published, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act 1967 which decriminalised homosexuality in England. Scarlet Ribbons tells the story of Rosemary’s brother, Rev. Simon Bailey, and the remarkable support he received from his Yorkshire mining village parish.


Available from Amazon, Jorvik Press, and all good book shops

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Writing tuition

“If there’s a book you really want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”
~ Toni Morrison

Rosemary is available for personal writing tuition specialising in non-fiction travel or memoir writing, journalism or academic work. She is a Fellow of the Royal Literary Fund, teaching writing at Queen Mary College, London University and has also tutored  for the Arvon Literary Foundation in travel and Life writing.

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Latest blog post

Fete de St Jean

As night falls on June 23rd villages in the Pyrenees light the fire for the fete de St Jean. In the Pyrenees Orientales the flame is brought down by runners from the summit of Canigou and taken to all the villages. The bravest leap the fire. Everyone else will dance the sardana, the stately Catalan… Read More