Rachel McCrum is one of Scotland’s highest profile poets and performers. She was co-founder of cult spoken word night Rally and Broad and the inaugural Poet in Residence at BBC Scotland. She has previously published two poetry pamphlets, Do Not Alight Here Again (2015) and The Glassblower Dances (2012) which was winner of the 2013 Callum Macdonald Award. She performs and teaches UK-wide and internationally and presented her first one woman show at the 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The First Blast to Awaken Women Degenerate is her eagerly-awaited debut collection.
‘This is angry poetry, hungry poetry but never lean, mean poetry – 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
‘Exhilarating to read these poems, the voices are ranging, Irish, Scottish voices, they come in, banging doors, from the street and the public house and the rented room above the library, with a blast of salt air and the smell of malt and red-knickled ideas that say ‘Let’s dance’ and there’s so much oxygen in them, to breathe them in is rich for the blood. They are women’s voices, this is a women’s voice, talking to you, this book.’ Francesca Beard
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