Dorothy-Rose Pallesen (nee Braddock) was born and educated in Blenheim. She trained as a teacher at Wellington Teacher’s Training College (WTTC), majoring in Art and English with tutors Anton Vogt and Patrick Macaskill. Her illustrations were published first in 1945, then her poetry was included in the WTTC anthology Verse 51 alongside James K. Baxter, Alistair Campbell, Louis Johnson and many other well known poets.
She writes poetry, prose, documentary, and also research into her family, which goes back as far as 1066. She has traced family to the catacombs of Westminster Abbey and to a Major General who led the British army in the early battles in America.
As a teacher, one of Dorothy-Rose’s specialties was children and adults with special needs, and with her riding ability this led her to become the first full-time instructor for Riding for the Disabled in Nelson, and later the organisation’s Vice President.
Dorothy-Rose’s poems have appeared in many magazines and anthologies, both national and local. Some of the latter include Reflections of Nelson (1999), Sleepy Hollow Stirs (2005), Journeys (2007) and Boulder Writers 2 (2008). She has also written many songs, and a stage musical Song of Songs.
Dorothy-Rose has published a non-fiction book Death By Default (1995) and three collections of poetry: Love, Laughter and Grief (1991), Paua Pieces (2009) and Whispers of the Wetlands (2014).
Dorothy-Rose Pallesen lives in central Nelson
and can be contacted here