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Rachel Bower – Writer, Educator, Editor

I am an award-winning writer based in Sheffield. My poetry, fiction and academic work has been widely published. I am the author of Moon Milk (Valley Press) and Epistolarity and World Literature (Palgrave Macmillan). My poetry has been published widely in journals and magazines, including Magma, The London Magazine, Frontier, New Welsh Reader and Stand. I won The London Magazine Short Story Prize 2019/20 and the W&A Short Story Competition 2020. I have had stories listed for many prizes, including The White Review Short Story Prize and the RSL V. S. Pritchett Short Story Prize. My new poetry collection, These Mothers of Gods will be published in July 2021 (Fly on the Wall Press).

I edited the Verse Matters anthology with Helen Mort and I am currently editing an anthology with Simon Armitage. I am a qualified Community Development Worker and I have facilitated creative workshops for over ten 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, Poet in the City, the University of Sheffield and many more.

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 currently an Associate Lecturer at the University of Leeds and a Trustee of the Ilkley Literature Festival. I also run writing a wide range of workshops and events, online, in community settings and outside.

I am also a beekeeper, a 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.


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

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

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