Sea Fret                                                                     Scotland Street Press, 2022

Unspeakable                                                             Freight Books, 2017

Pelmanism                                                                Luath Press, 2014

Selected Stories                                                         Luath Press, 2005

Lord of Illusions                                                         Luath Press, 2005

Pest Maiden                                                               Headline Review, 1999

War Dolls                                                                   Headline Review, 1998

Red Tides                                                                    Secker & Warburg, 1993

Our Lady of the Pickpockets                                      Secker & Warburg, 1989


Stone the Crows                                                       Mariscat Press, 2020

Bodywork                                                                 Luath Press, 2007

Lure                                                                          Chapman Publishing Ltd, 2003

Madame Doubtfire’s Dilemma                                Chapman Publishing Ltd, 1989





Twinset:   poems by Dilys Rose and Karen Knight,   artwork by Polly Thelwall and Laurie Hastings, Knucker Press, 2008.


Once upon our time: new portrait miniatures by Moyna Flannigan, accompanied by fictional cameos (Dilys Rose), National Galleries of Scotland publications, 2004.



Watching Over You

Song cycle, written for and sung by Karen Cargill, composed by Rory Boyle, text by Dilys Rose. Commissioned and performed by Red Note Ensemble at the Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh, and St Andrews in the Square (2015).

 Kaspar Hauser: The Child of Europe

Chamber opera with music composed by Rory Boyle, libretto by Dilys Rose. The creation of this work was supported by a Creative Scotland Award, 2006. First performed in Glasgow at RSAMD, 2010. In the same year it received a British Composers’ Award (stage category). In 2012, it had performances in Nuremberg, Ansbach and Edinburgh.

Helter Skelter:

Site-specific music theatre piece built 19th century fairground performers, composed by Stephen Deazley, text by Dilys Rose. A Tramway Commission, 2007.

The Fires of Bride: 

A three-part choral work, focusing on aspects of the pagan festival, Beltane. Composed by Rory Boyle with  text by Dilys Rose. Commissioned as part of Composer Laureate in Schools project and first performed at The Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh, 2005.

Fatal Attraction:  Choral piece, based around a Perthshire legend: an ill-fated love story in the time of the plague. Commissioned by Young Scot and Scottish Arts Council, composed by Stephen Deazley, text by Dilys Rose, performed in Edinburgh, 2003, and Salzburg, 2004.