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Newquay, Cornwall, UK
Rosie Goldsmith is a journalist specializing in arts and current affairs in the UK and abroad. In 20 years on the staff at the BBC she travelled the world and presented the flagship BBC programmes Front Row and Crossing Continents. Today she combines independent journalism with chairing and running events and festivals in Britain and overseas, and works closely with many leading cultural organizations. Speaking French, German and Italian, she is a champion of international literature, translation and language learning, promoting them whenever she can. She is director of the European Literature Network and founder of The Riveter magazine of European literature in English.
Early life and education
Rosie Goldsmith was born in Newquay, Cornwall, UK, to Jean and Chris, who were both teachers. Chris was also a talented musician and painter. The oldest of four children, when Rosie was six weeks old she moved with her parents to southern Africa, where she spent her early life in Rhodesia/Zimbabwe and South Africa, and where her brother Raymond and sister Hilary were born. Catherine was born on their return to Cornwall. When Rosie was ten the whole family moved to New York, USA, where her father taught art.
Rosie read French and German at Nottingham University (UK).
In 1989, Rosie returned to the UK, to London, to join the BBC (her first job), and was working on the launch team of BBC Radio 4's Eurofile, the UK's first weekly programme about Europe, just as the Berlin Wall fell.
Working full-time at the BBC until 2009, Rosie became a senior presenter, reporter and critic on a variety of arts and current affairs programmes. She presented BBC Radio 4's live on-air arts programmes Front Row and Open Book, its foreign affairs strand Crossing Continents and the global media show A World in Your Ear. She regularly worked as a presenter, reporter and critic on programmes such as Profile, From Our Own Correspondent, Pick of the Week, Saturday Review and Woman’s Hour, as well as a range of documentary series.
In her twenty years on the staff, Rosie also produced and edited a range of high-profile BBC radio programmes, including Asia File, Crossing Continents, From Our Own Correspondent, The My Lai Tapes, Diverging Dominions; major BBC anniversary events, and programmes featuring (among others) Clive James, David Mamet, Misha Glenny, Nick Clarke, James Naughtie and Alastair Cooke.
Since 2009, Rosie has worked as an independent journalist. She continues to present and contribute to BBC radio and has written reviews, columns and articles for major publications including the Guardian, Telegraph, Financial Times, Independent, New Statesman and others.
Rosie has also created and presented a wide variety of online audio and video shows, including the 10x10 Commonwealth Writers podcasts, the Goethe-Institut's Doppelgaenger programmes and the British Council’s international current affairs show The Exchange. She created the online and print magazine The Riveter which profiles international literature in translation.
Rosie presented the monthly literary podcast ‘The Words’, produced by Simon and Schuster, which ran from 2018 and was selected as a Guardian Podcast of the Week, Grazia Podcast favourite and featured on the ITunes frontpage.
She created the online and print magazine The Riveter which profiles European literature in translation, and presents the accompanying audio and video Riveting Interviews of authors and translators. She launched Riveting Reviews in 2015 to expand the critical coverage of translated literature in the UK.
Events chairing and curating
Rosie is a regular chair and curator for arts, literature and international affairs events. She is also a prominent supporter of European culture in the UK. In 2009 she was curator and chair for Berlin & Beyond, Southbank Centre London's marking of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, and from 2008-2012 she was multi-media journalist in residence for Southbank Centre's London Literature Festival. She is currently a regular chair for, amongst others, the Hay Festival, Wales, Cheltenham, Birmingham, and for several international festivals, including the Emirates Literature Festival, Dubai (up to 2019), the ELit Literature Days, Austria, and in Norway for the SILK International Arts and Literature Festival, and the Future Library project. She also chairs events for the British Library, British Council, London Book Fair, National Writers Centre in Norwich and Frankfurt Book Fair.
Rosie has created a number of events series, including Fashion and Fiction, which she hosts at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, High Impact: Literature From the Low Countries (UK-wide), and Greece Is The Word (Southbank Centre, London). From 2009-2016 Rosie was the host and chair of judges for European Literature Night, an annual event featuring some of Europe's most prominent writers, which took place at the British Library. She has developed literature and translation programmes for the Swiss Arts Council, Pro Helvetia (2018-2020) and the Romania Rocks festival for the Romanian Cultural Institute (2020).
European Literature Network
In 2010 Rosie founded and became director of the European Literature Network, a free and independent organization that brings together writers, translators, publishers, booksellers and journalists working in European fiction and translation in the UK – the only organization of its kind. ELNet was a recipient of Arts Council England grants from in 2015-2019 and Creative Europe funding up to 2018. It has been operating unfunded during the Covid-19 pandemic and since Brexit, when the UK exited the European Union.
ELNet has more than 800 registered members and thousands of followers all over the world. It runs an active website, reviews, blogs, videos, workshops, a magazine (The Riveter) and networking meetings. ELNet is today run by volunteers. As part of this work, she is frequently asked to participate in European cultural events. In 2017, Rosie was appointed Chair of the Judges for three years (2018-2020) of the EUR 20,000 EBRD International Literature Prize, which she helped launch.
Literature and language-learning
Rosie speaks French, German and Italian. She has acted as the UK literature consultant for several organizations, including Pro Helvetia in Switzerland and Letterenfonds, the Dutch Literature Foundation. She is an active champion of modern language-learning and translation. From 2012-2013 she was on the Advisory Panel on Culture to the European Commission, and from 2010-2013 was chair of the Association of Language Learning Conferences. She was a member of the Creative Multilingualism Project (Oxford University), the All Party Parliamentary Group on Languages, and, Born Global/Speak To The Future. She has lectured on the importance of language learning at multiple institutions, including Oxford and Cambridge Universities, Chatham House, the British Academy, Europe House and the British Centre for Literary Translation.
Media training and Specialist PR services
Through the media partnership, Sounds Right, Rosie runs media and presentation training workshops. She is passionate about helping people to improve their performing skills, whether online or on the stage. Clients include the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Royal Academy of Arts, EUNIC, British Veterinary Association, Association of Ophthalmologists, Bishopsgate Institute, CreateLondon, Cultureshock Media, the Guardian, European Film Festival, Pushkin Press, Southbank Centre, the Polish Cultural Institute and the Goethe-Institut London.
Rosie won Sony Awards (Radio Academy Awards) for her work on the BBC programmes The My Lai Tapes, Pushing Back the Curtain and Eurofile.
She won an Association of International Broadcasting award for Crossing Continents / African Perspectives.
She has been short-listed and nominated for Sony, Amnesty, Foreign Press Association and One World Media awards for her broadcasting. In 2013 she won the Chartered Institute of Linguists David Crystal Trophy for fostering the study of languages.
Rosie was born in Cornwall and remains proudly Cornish, in spite of living and working all over the world, from southern Africa to the USA and Europe with her family and later travelling as a foreign affairs journalist for the BBC. She is married to fellow BBC broadcaster and journalist Max Easterman. Together they run the Sounds Right Media Partnership, which offers media training and consultancy services. They also perform in their own jazz band. Rosie is also known for her love of fashion and the colour red. She draws, paints and writes, and owns far too many clothes, shoes, handbags and red lipsticks.
- "FPA Media Awards 2008 - winners". The Guardian. 26 November 2008. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
- "David Crystal Trophy | Special Award for fostering the study of languages". Chartered Institute of Linguists. Retrieved 18 May 2018.