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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 teach Creative Writing at the University of Leeds and run writing workshops and events across Yorkshire and Derbyshire, including ‘Wild Writes.’ I am the author of Moon Milk (Valley Press) and 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 poetry has been published widely in journals and magazines, including Magma, The London Magazine, Frontier, New Welsh Reader and Stand.

I edited the Verse Matters anthology with Helen Mort and I am currently editing a parenting anthology with Simon Armitage. I am a qualified Community Development Worker and I have been teaching and running workshops for over ten years. 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 facilitated creative workshops for a wide range of organisations including schools, the British Library, Poet in the City, the University of Sheffield, Sheffield Libraries and Barnsley Museums. I am currently teaching Creative Writing at the University of Leeds and I am a Trustee of the Ilkley Literature Festival.

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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