Rosie Chard grew up on the edge of the North Downs, a range of low hills south of London, UK. After graduating with a BSc. in Anthropology and Environmental Biology she qualified as a landscape architect at the University of Greenwich and practiced for several years in England, Denmark and Canada. She emigrated to Winnipeg in 2005 where she qualified as an English Language teacher at the University of Manitoba. She is now based in Brighton, England, where she currently works as a tutor on the Creative Writing Programme, Brighton, a freelance editor, writing mentor and English language teacher.
Her first novel, Seal Intestine Raincoat, was published in 2009 by NeWest Press, winning the 2010 Trade Fiction Book Award at the Alberta Book Publishing Awards, and receiving an honourable mention for the Sunburst Fiction Award. She was also shortlisted in 2010 for the John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer.
Her second novel, The Insistent Garden, was published by NeWest Press in September 2013. In April 2014 it was the recipient of the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction in Canada.
Her third novel, The Eavesdroppers, was published by NeWest Press on September 1st 2018.