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 the Broad of Rally & Broad, organisers of cult Edinburgh-based poetry cabaret (# 12 in ‘The List’s Hot 100 Scottish Cultural Icons 2015’), co-founder of Stewed Rhubarb Press, and one of the founding members of the SHIFT/ Collective, bringing spoken word solo shows from Scotland based artists to the Edinburgh Fringe in 2015. She has performed and taught workshops in poetry and performance in Greece, South Africa, Haiti and around the UK. She was a recipient of a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship in 2016, and Writer-In-Residence for Coastword festival, Dunbar. In 2015, she was the inaugural BBC Scotland Poet-In-Residence. She currently lives in Montreal, Quebec, where she is the director of bilingual poetry-text-performance series, Les Cabarets Batards.
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 and formed the basis of her first solo show. She is included in the e-book anthology of Poetry Ambassadors for National Poetry Day 2016, published by Macmillan. Her debut collection, The First Blast to Awaken Women Degenerate, was published by the now sadly-defunct Freight Books in 2017.