Books & anthologies

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(2019) Lapwing Publications

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is talked about all over the place but what does it feel like? Six-Count Jive describes the inner landscape of PTSD in a unique story of healing, from diagnosis to happiness.

‘This is an important little book. Read it.’ Billy Mills

The sadness and the beauty lead so satisfyingly to the peace and triumph of the ending.’ Sue Rose    Read more

Six-Count Jive £10.00 inclusive of p&p


Buying a pdf of any of Rosie’s books is really easy through the Lapwing Publications website

If you’d like to hold paper copies of Lapwing’s beautiful, hand-made books, you could try ordering from Lapwing direct, although illness and Covid-19 protections are making supply tricky at the moment. Rosie does have a few paper copies – please email if you would like to buy from her direct for £10 each, including p & p. She will be happy to sign them too, if you’d like.

Lapwing explains here why they do not use Amazon.

Bittersweet Seventeens


(2014) Lapwing Publications

Dedicated with love to Rosie’s father, Roy (RR) Johnston (1924 – 2012), who ‘gave me life in so many ways‘. Rosie does not call her poems haiku, though like haiku in the western style they have seventeen syllables per stanza. Their closer cousins are Early Irish syllabic poems like Pangur Ban and The Voyage of Bran. Enjoy them singly or as a sequence. Read more.

Bittersweet Seventeens £10.00 inclusive of p&p




(2012) Lapwing Publications

Orion is a giant leap forward for Johnston. This time around, Johnston has compiled a richly rounded poem that flows beautifully as one piece, one entity. And yet, for those readers who prefer to dip in and out of a collection, each perfectly sculpted stanza can also be appreciated in isolation.’ Louise Richardson, Culture Northern Ireland. Read more.

Orion £10.00 inclusive of p&p


Sweet Seventeens


(2010) Lapwing Publications

Rosie’s much loved first collection. ‘How much life can you squeeze into seventeen syllables? Quite a lot if you’re Rosie Johnston. Some of these poems are like tiny stories, others like soft pillows, others like pieces of ice. Read them and you’ll want to write a few of your own!’ Author, Vestal McIntyre. Read more.

Sweet Seventeens £10.00 inclusive of p&p



PLACES OF POETRY (Oneworld, 2020) – Carnlough Bay 

HER OTHER LANGUAGE Northern Irish Women Writers Address Domestic Violence and Abuse (Arlen House, 2020) 


LIVE CANON More New Poems for Christmas 2018

LIVE CANON 154 PROJECT: 154 poems by 154 contemporary poets in response to Shakespeare’s 154 sonnets

The Most Intimate Place


(2009) Arcadia Books

Patrick is a young journalist working in south London for a local paper he sees as way beneath his dignity. He is sent to interview a controversial woman priest and falls obsessively in love with her. He is writing to his girlfriend from prison to explain why he is on remand for the priest’s murder and ‘intimate assault’. Read more.



(2005) Wolfhound Press

Tim (aged 10) loves science. His sister Rox (13) believes in spooks and spells. When their family moves into Greenwich Abbey, to keep Gran close after their Grandpa has died, they are haunted by a ghost who just might be out to kill them.

WYSIGHOST is for young adult readers from about the age of 10. Read more.