Rosalie Osmond

Rosalie Osmond is a writer and lecturer who was educated at institutions in three countries (Acadia University, Bryn Mawr College, and Cambridge University) and has spent her life divided between the two sides of the Atlantic. She has taught English literature in universities in both Canada and the U.K. In 2009 she and her husband returned to her hometown of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, thus giving a certain symmetry to an otherwise rather haphazard career.

She has published five books—three histories of ideas and two works of fiction—as well as numerous articles, both academic and popular. At present she is working on a sequel to her first two novels. Since winning the 2019 Rita Joe Poetry prize, she has also been encouraged to continue writing poems.

She has three children and six grandchildren, all of whom love to visit Nova Scotia in the summer. When not writing she is usually engaged in one or her other two passions—music and gardening.


Broken Symmetry (Lunenburg, N.S.: Nevermore Press, 2019)

Waldenstein (Woodstock, On: Seraphim Editions, 2013)

Imagining the Soul: A History (Stroud, Glos: Sutton Publishing, 2003)

Changing Perspectives: Christian Culture and Morals in England Today (London: Darton, Longman & Todd, 1993)

Mutual Accusation: Seventeenth-Century Body and Soul Dialogues in their Literary and Theological Context (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1990)

Numerous articles, both academic and popular.


Rita Joe Poetry prize, 2019

Short-listed Jim Connors Dartmouth Book Award, 2014

Short-listed Jim Connors Dartmouth Book award, 2020

Scroll to Top