Novelist, screenwriter, and consultant psychiatrist.

Rosie Claverton in mirror

Rosie Claverton grew up in Devon, daughter to a Sri Lankan father and a Norfolk mother, surrounded by folk mythology and surly sheep. She moved to Cardiff to study Medicine and adopted Wales as her home. She later moved to London to specialise in psychiatry

Her Cardiff-based crime series The Amy Lane Mysteries debuted in 2014. Her first short film Dragon Chasers aired on BBC Wales in Autumn 2012. She co-created the ground-breaking series of short films The Underwater Realm.

Rosie is the co-founder of Crime Cymru, a collective of Welsh crime writers. Across the genre sea, she was a judge for Best Newcomer at the British Fantasy Awards 2019.

Between writing and medicine, she created a reference series about psychiatry and psychology for writers called Freudian Script, advocating for accurate and sensitive portrayals of people with mental health problems in fiction.

Returned to her beloved Cardiff, she lives with her journalist husband and young daughters.

Photography by Amy Davies




  • I’ve just discovered this and am interested to find out if you’re still writing this blog. I’m a writer and a practising psychoanalytic psychotherapist with a Jungian background with a passion for folklore and myth which I grew up with. Not many sheep, I,afraid!!
    I’ll definitely come back to check out this blog.

    • I am still updating, though not as often as I’d like. If you don’t want to miss a post, make sure you subscribe or add the RSS feed to your blog reader. 🙂

  • ellen best

    I am writing a scene where a mother of an autistic child ( circa 1973) is going to be given electric shock therapy… I can find nowhere corroberation that this would have been still the chosen medical procedure in 73. I have confirmation that in 1971, it was believed to be the reason for her childs emotional distance ^. This would alter the last third of my manuscript so i need it to be right. Mum has been hiding her daughters problem nicely until early puberty . Daughter has been removed from home while psychiatric evaluations are carried out. Mum is under terrible stress and is suffering with (trichotillomania) hair pulling, I would be eternally greatful.

  • Hi Ellen – ECT did take place in 1973 in some hospitals and still does today. I had to research it too for a TV series. You can also find short recordings of the full process on You Tube, acted out by doctors standing for the patient.

    • It is indeed still in use, but doesn’t look much like it did in the 1970s. However, it wasn’t used for parents of autistic children, not without there being the suspicion of some other mental health condition.

  • Patricio

    Hi Rosie, i just discovered your blog and already eated those Freudian Scripts. Thank you for the posts, plus for sure i will be writing you for some help :). Cheers from Argentina.

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