New Teens’ and Children’s Animal Rights Story to be Published Soon

If you or your kids are into reading about the natural environment, green issues, ecology, animals or saving the planet, then my next book, ‘The Zoo Animals’ Faraway Dream‘ is for you! It’s a story about living behind bars, told from the perspective of zoo animals. Their experiences and antics are both amusing and tragic. Many of the zoo animals believe life will always be the same, but one day a travelling animal appears. This shocks and confuses them, and his presence seems to ignite a ‘faraway dream’ in the animals’ minds – is it just wishful thinking? Arguments abound, […]

Ilnoblet Elmer is officially awarded ‘4 out of 4 stars’! has published their official review of ‘Ilnoblet Elmer and the Alien Water Thieves‘, rating it 4 out of 4 stars: “Children’s literature that makes learning fun is always a joy to read. Ilnoblet Elmer and the Alien Water Thieves by Kathryn Rose Newey is one such joy… This adventure story is fit for both kids and kids at heart. As an avid Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy fan, this book’s myriad of alien cultures drew me right in. Science fiction readers who want a little fun with their science would enjoy this book… I invite you to suit up and embark […]

Children’s Writing Workshops at Waterstones bookstores

UPDATE May 2018: I’m offering more Kids’ Writing Workshops at Waterstones Hatfield, Waterstones Welwyn Garden City, and Harpenden Books during May Half-Term (28th-31st May 2018). Contact the stores to book your place! UPDATE April 2018! The 2pm-3pm workshop on Monday 9 April 2018 is now fully booked, so we’ve added a second workshop at 11am-12noon. Hurry and book your place (ages 9+ years) by emailing Why not let the kids come along to one of my interactive Kids’ Writing Workshops? The next one will be during Easter school holidays, on Monday 9th April 2018, 2pm to 3pm, at Waterstones bookstore, Welwyn Garden City, […]

Self-Published Author Fairs in Hertfordshire

It’s great that Hertfordshire Libraries are acknowledging self-published authors – by holding a series of Self-Published Author Fairs in various public libraries. The events are aimed at bringing self-published books, often unique, to the attention of readers who can purchase them directly from the authors, as well as educating potential writers about how to self-publish their own books. I participated in one such event at Harpenden Library in March 2018 (that’s my author table pictured). Besides me, there was one other children’s author and four adult fiction and non-fiction authors. It was wonderful to see how well used the library […]

Radio Interview on Environmental Fiction ‘Animals in the Forest’

Nick Coffer interviewed me live on BBC Three Counties Radio about my environmental fiction book ‘Animals in the Forest: The Day Terrible Things Came‘ early in January 2018. Listen to the podcast of the interview on Youtube. Here’s some more information about the ‘Environmental Fiction’ genre: What exactly is ‘environmental fiction’? It’s a relatively unexplored genre of fiction, which encompasses anything to do with nature, the natural environment, nature conservation, green issues, and/or wildlife and animal rights, within a story. Why is ‘environmental fiction’ important? Books and stories, whether they are paperbacks, e-books, audiobooks, braille books or picture books, are a wonderful […]

What do Batman and Ilnoblet Elmer have in Common?

Or more precisely, what do an illustration of Batman and the book cover for ‘Ilnoblet Elmer and the Alien Water Thieves‘ have in common? Answer: Both have been drawn and designed by Jamie Ridge, who is currently an Art & Design student and aspiring illustrator! Jamie and other Art & Design students from Oaklands College in Hertfordshire, UK, partook in a competition in November 2017 to design the book cover for ‘Ilnoblet Elmer and the Alien Water Thieves‘. The author, Kathryn Rose Newey, briefed the students with a synopsis of this children’s and young teens’ science-fiction story, a brief extract of a […]

Join my Exclusive VIP Reviewer & Book Launch Group – and get your Free e-Book!

Calling all children, teens, parents, teachers, grandparents, childminders and homeschoolers: Join my Exclusive VIP Reviewer & Book Launch Group! Sign up and get your free e-book here: Become a VIP! What you get: A free e-book of my latest kids’ science fiction ‘Ilnoblet Elmer and the Alien Water Thieves‘ to keep. You’ll have your review published, and I’ll invite you to join my exclusive Facebook Group for VIP book launchers/reviewers. Plus I’ll send you previews before publication of further books, more free e-books, and requests to review other books if you want to. What I ask of you: Simply read your […]

What are ‘Animal Rights’ and why should we care about Animals?

The term ‘Animal Rights‘ is everywhere these days. To the point where perhaps it’s easy to dismiss, like the myriad of other things vying for our attention in the modern world. But here’s why the rights of animals are important… Now we could get into ethics and philosophy, but to me it’s simpler than that.  Firstly we can often see the suffering of animals. It’s right under our noses: stray animals, animals being treated cruelly or neglected, and social media posts and videos of animals suffering in zoos, tanks, labs and cages. We have to stop and ask – what kind […]

Animals in the Forest – Audiobook Available Soon!

Thought I’d give you a head’s up – Animals in the Forest: The Day Terrible Things Came (already available as Paperback and e-Book) is going to be made into an Audiobook. Once created, it will be available from Amazon, Audible and iTunes. I’ve chosen an English native speaker to read the manuscript, in keeping with the story which is set in an English/European forest. The narrator and all the animal characters are holed up in her recording studio, reading the story aloud and creating those audio files! I’m very proud and excited that this book will also be offered as […]

New Children’s Sci-Fi Story with a Difference!

My latest book, Ilnoblet Elmer and the Alien Water Thieves (published December 2017), is a fun children’s and young teens’ science fiction story with a difference. Ilnoblet Elmer is an ordinary boy like any other. Except for one thing. He’s from another planet – and his family, friends and teachers don’t know. The story follows his adventures trying to defeat tricky and sticky aliens who come to Earth, wanting to interfere with him and create havoc. All in between him attending school and getting his homework in on time! The story has lots of fun references to science, water, space travel, numbers and […]