About

‘irreverent, heart-wrenching, rallying‘ (Annie Rutherford, The Skinny)

‘…this is poetry that performs itself on the page out loud and proud – then can turn on a sixpence and stop the heart with a sudden, spare moment of naked vulnerability and tenderness.‘ (Liz Lochhead)

‘an endlessly empathetic writer’ (Sara Clark, Bella Caledonia)

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Rachel McCrum
photo credit: Colin Usher (Studio Faire)

‘a voice that sings, rages, roars as you read. These poems make their own stage.’ (The Bottle Imp)

Residencies

Looking for The Secret Howff as BBC Scotland Poet in Residence (2015)

There’s a bubbling political fury, a righteous anger that comes through with bitter twists and surprising gentleness, a desire to speak and act, and a reaching towards the fullest possibilities of what that might mean.’ (Harry Giles)

Short bio (English & francais)

Rachel McCrum is a poet, performer and workshop facilitator. Originally from Northern Ireland, she lived in Edinburgh, Scotland between 2010 and 2016. She was the first BBC Scotland Poet-in-Residence, and Broad of cult spoken word cabaret Rally & Broad. She has taught and performed in Greece, South Africa, Haiti, and Canada, and toured her first book ‘The First Blast To Awaken Women Degenerate’ (Freight Books) across Ireland, Scotland and England in 2017. She was the co-founder of Stewed Rhubarb Press (Callum MacDonald Award 2012). She is now delighted to call Montreal home, where she is co-Director of Mile End Poets’ Festival (with Ian Ferrier), Membership Coordinator of Quebec Writers’ Federation, and runs around with various poetry events including the bilingual series Les Cabarets Bâtards and – with Aaron Boothby – new summer Sunday evening series Breathing Space.

Rachel McCrum est une poète, performeuse et animatrice. Originaire d’Irlande du Nord, elle a vécu à Édimbourg, en Écosse, de 2010 à 2016. Elle a été la première poète en résidence à la radio BBC Scotland, et a co-orchestré les cabarets de littérature orale Rally & Broad. Elle a donné des ateliers et des lectures en Grèce, en Afrique du Sud, en Haïti et au Canada, en plus de faire une tournée à travers l’Irlande, l’Écosse et l’Angleterre pour son premier recueil : The First Blast To Awaken Women Degenerate (Freight Books, 2017). Elle a co-fondé les éditions Stewed Rhubarb (prix Callum MacDonald 2012). Elle a le plaisir d’habiter maintenant à Montréal, où elle est la co-directrice du Mile End Poets’ Festival (avec Ian Ferrier), Membership Coordinator de Quebec Writers’ Federation, et animatrice de divers événements de poésie, dont la série bilingue Les Cabarets Bâtards et, avec Aaron Boothby, la nouvelle série estivale du dimanche soir Breathing Space.

Photos for publicity

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Rachel McCrum
photo credit: Ryan McGoverne Photography (2018)
Rachel McCrum
photo credit: Ryan McGoverne Photography (2018)
Rachel McCrum
photo credit: Ryan McGoverne Photography (2018)