‘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)

Rachel McCrum in performance with Josianne Lavoie (Je Te Reponds Ce Soir, Montreal, 2019)

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

A full literary CV is available on request. For further information about specific projects or performances, see here.

In addition to working fulltime freelance as poet, performer, events curator, and workshop facilitator, Rachel does some freelance project management, notably for the Quebec Writers’ Federation (currently the Max Margles Writing Residency) and as Editor of Font magazine. She is on the Board of Trustees for the Edinburgh City of Literature and is Vice-President of the Board of Espace de la Diversité//Diversity District.


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 Josephine Giles)

Short bio (English & francais)

Rachel McCrum is originally from Northern Ireland and lived in Edinburgh, Scotland between 2010 and 2016. She was the first BBC Scotland Poet-in-Residence, Broad of cult spoken word cabaret Rally & Broad, and recipient of a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship. Her first solo show ‘Do Not Alight Here Again’ was performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2015. She has performed and taught poetry and performance in Ireland, Scotland, the UK, Greece, South Africa, Haiti, and Canada. She is now delighted to call Montreal home, where she is the editor of Font magazine, and works fulltime as a freelance poet, performer, event curator, and workshop facilitator. Her first collection The First Blast to Awaken Women Degenerate (Stewed Rhubarb Press, 2018) is published in a bilingual edition with Mémoire d’encrier in 2020, as Le premier coup de clairon pour réveiller les femmes immorales. She is currently working on a project about the identity of the step-mother, and on her second collection, centred around shame.

Rachel McCrum est originaire d’Irlande du Nord, et elle a vécu à Édimbourg, en Écosse, de 2010 à 2016. Elle a été la première poète en résidence à la radio BBC Scotland, a co-orchestré les cabarets de littérature orale Rally & Broad, et reçu un Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship. Elle a donné des lectures et des ateliers de poèsie et performance en Irlande, l’Écosse, l’Angleterre, Grèce, en Afrique du Sud, en Haïti et au Canada. Elle a le plaisir d’habiter maintenant à Montréal, ou elle est rédactrice en chef du Font magazine, et où elle travaille comme poète, performer, et animatrice des spectacles et des ateliers. Son premier recueil The First Blast to Awaken Women Degenerate (Stewed Rhubarb Press, 2018) est publié dans un edition bilingue avec Mémoire d’encrier en 2020, comme Le premier coup de clairon pour réveiller les femmes immorales. Elle travaille sur un project de l’identité de la belle-mere, et sur son deuxième recueil, sur la honte.

Photos for publicity

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2021. Photo credit: Cassandra Cacheiro
2021. Photo credit: Cassandra Cacheiro
2020. Photo credit: Jonathan Lamy
2020. Photo credit: Jonathan Lamy.