Chair of Hull UK City of Culture 2017 / Journalist, Broadcaster, Cultural Commentator and Author
Having arrived at the University of Hull more than 30 years ago to study for a degree in English and Drama, arts specialist Rosie maintains close links with the city.
She writes for most of the UK’s broadsheet newspapers and has a weekly column in the Independent. She is co-director of an independent TV production company, Snapper TV, which makes current affairs and arts programmes for BBC1, ITV1 and Channel 4. Rosie spent a decade as BBC Arts Correspondent, another decade as lead feature writer and columnist for the Sunday Times and several years as arts editor and theatre critic at the New Statesman. She is regularly invited to speak on national radio and TV, makes regular documentaries on culture and lifestyle for BBC Radio Four and says she never misses an opportunity to write or talk about Hull.
In fact, the first article Rosie wrote for a national newspaper was about the Humber Bridge; she was live on ITV’s breakfast show to support Hull when the City of Culture 2017 announcement was made; and her article in celebration of Hull published in the Daily Telegraph on the same day highlighted the beauty of a city “on the edge of the earth” and on the cusp of cultural, social and economic change.
As a student at the University of Hull in the mid-1980s, Rosie worked on arts engagement projects that took theatre to Bransholme council housing estate. She continues to be a passionate believer in the importance of accessibility to the arts for all and, over the past 15 years, has served as a trustee on regional arts boards in Dunfermline, London and Oxford.
She visits Hull regularly to support the city’s arts organisations and educational institutions. Most recently, Rosie attended the 50th anniversary celebrations of the University of Hull’s Drama department; and aimed to inspire the city’s journalists of the future by speaking at Journalism Day 2014 – an annual event organised by Hull School of Art and Design at Hull College, held at Hull Truck Theatre.
Rosie lives in London, has four children and is a keen marathon runner. In June 2014, she completed the Humber Half Marathon, wearing the runner number 2017 with pride.