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Rachel Bower – Writing, Workshops, Editing

I am an award-winning writer from Bradford. My poetry, fiction and academic work has been widely published in journals and magazines, including Magma, The London Magazine, Stand and The White Review.

I am the author of two poetry books, These Mothers of Gods (Fly on the Wall Press) and Moon Milk (Valley Press). I have also published a non-fiction book on literary letters, Epistolarity and World Literature (Palgrave Macmillan).

I won The London Magazine Short Story Prize 2019/20 and the W&A Short Story Competition 2020. My stories have been listed for many other prizes, including The White Review Short Story Prize, the BBC Short Story Prize and the RSL V. S. Pritchett Short Story Prize. I edited the Verse Matters anthology with Helen Mort and I am currently editing an anthology with Simon Armitage (Faber & Faber).

I am a qualified Community Development Worker and I have facilitated creative workshops for many years. I have worked with a wide range of organisations, including schools, youth services, children’s centres, Poet in the City, Sheffield Libraries, Barnsley Museums, Material Stories of Migration, Ignite Imaginations, the British Library, the Universities of Sheffield, Leeds, Dundee, Uppsala, Paris Nanterre and many more. I currently facilitate a wide range of workshops and events, online, in community settings and outside.

I have a PhD in English from the University of Cambridge. I have taught at the University of Cambridge and the University of Leeds, and I am a Trustee of the Ilkley Literature Festival.

I am also a beekeeper, wild swimming enthusiast and the founder of Wild Writes, where we run workshops and events which encourage people to connect with nature, wildness and creativity.

My work is represented by Cathryn Summerhayes at Curtis Brown.


  • Author of award winning poetry and fiction
  • Founder of Wild Writes workshops
  • Researcher – archives, interviews, community
  • Regular reviewer for literary magazines

  • Workshop facilitator
  • Creative writing teacher and mentor
  • Editor of poems, journals, books and magazines
  • Beekeeper & wild swimming enthusiast!

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