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

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

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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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Love Law and Liberty is a new exhibition at the British Library to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act of 1967, which partly decriminalised homosexuality in England and Wales (not Scotland who had to wait till 1980) From the 1895 trial of Oscar Wilde to the gay liberation of today it offers… Read More

Gay Liberation Front manifesto