Rachel McCrum

Rachel McCrum (b. 1982)
Rachel McCrum by Colin Usher, Studio Faire
Rachel McCrum by Colin Usher, Studio Faire



Rachel McCrum is a poet, performer and promoter, now living in Canada. 

Full Biography

Rachel McCrum worked as a poet, performer and promoter in Edinburgh from 2012 until 2017, arriving via Manchester, Belfast, New Zealand, Oxford and a small seaside town in Northern Ireland. She was Broad of Rally & Broad, organisers of a popular Edinburgh-based 'poetry cabaret'. She has performed and taught workshops in poetry and performance in Greece, South Africa, Haiti and around the UK. In August 2015 she wrote and performed her first solo show at the Edinburgh Fringe, as part of new spoken word collective SHIFT/. Also in 2015 she was Writer In Residence for CoastWord, Dunbar, and the inaugural BBC Scotland Poet In Residence.

McCrum's first pamphlet, The Glassblower Dances, published by Stewed Rhubarb Press, was the winner of the 2012 Callum Macdonald Memorial Award. Do Not Alight Here Again, also Stewed Rhubarb, appeared in 2015. She is included in the e-book anthology of Poetry Ambassadors for National Poetry Day 2016, published by Macmillan. In 2017, Freight published her first full-length collection The First Blast to Awaken Degenerate Women.

Poems by Rachel McCrum