Rachel is an award-winning writer based in Sheffield. She writes poetry, fiction and academic articles and books. She is also an editor, mentor and workshop facilitator. She is the author of Epistolarity and World Literature, 1980-2010 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017) and a poetry pamphlet, Moon Milk (Valley Press, 2018). She is a Leverhulme Fellow at the University of Leeds researching the links between poets in Northern England and Nigeria in the 1950s and 60s (to be published as a book with Routledge in 2021).
Rachel won The London Magazine Short Story Prize 2019/20 and the W&A Short Story Competition 2020. She is currently working on her debut short story collection. Her work has been listed for many other prizes, including the White Review Short Story Prize 2018/2019, The Royal Society of Literature’s V.S. Pritchett Short Story Prize 2019, the Flambard Poetry Prize, The London Magazine Poetry Prize and the Mslexia Poetry Prize. Rachel’s poems and fiction have been widely published, including in Magma, Stand, The London Magazine, New Welsh Reader and Frontier. Rachel is completing a poetry collection entitled Mothers of Gods. A selection of poems from this collection was highly commended in the Poetry Book Society/ Mslexia Pamphlet Prize 2019.
Rachel is currently editing a poetry anthology on parenthood with Simon Armitage for Faber & Faber. She is Guest Editor at The A3 Review and she edited the Verse Matters anthology with Helen Mort (Valley Press, 2017). Rachel has edited several special issues of academic journals, including an issue of English Studies on Tony Harrison (with Jacob Blakesley), an issue of Cambridge Quarterly on the materials of African literatures (with Jarad Zimbler) and an issue of The Journal of Commonwealth Literature on world literature (with Ben Etherington and Jarad Zimbler).
Rachel has taught at several universities, including the University of Cambridge and the University of Leeds, and she regularly runs workshops in a range of community settings, including libraries, art galleries and schools. She is a member of the University of Leeds Poetry Centre and a Trustee of the Ilkley Literature Festival. She has a PhD in English from the University of Cambridge, and regularly reviews for journals and magazines.
Rachel is available for freelance mentoring and workshops.