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Hello and welcome to my website! I am a London-based poet, editor and tutor who also writes for children. I studied English Literature at St Hugh’s College, Oxford, where I was President of the Oxford University Poetry Society and won the Newdigate Prize in 2008. I also have an MA in Creative Writing from Royal Holloway.

 

My poems have been published in various magazines and anthologies, including The Rialto, Magma and The Poetry Review. I have two pamphlets with the Emma Press, The Flower and the Plough and Rivers Wanted. My third pamphlet, Disappointing Alice, was published by HappenStance in 2019.

 

My first picture book, If You Go Down to the Woods Today, illustrated by Freya Hartas, is forthcoming from Magic Cat in March 2021 and available to pre-order. It's set in a magical woodland world with poems to read and things to find.

I have co-edited three anthologies for children with the Emma Press, on the subjects of mythology, space, and kings and queens. I regularly visit schools to read and perform my work, encouraging children to appreciate poetry and feel empowered to write their own.

I have led courses for The Poetry School on writing poems for children, as well as happy poems and poems about walking. I spent five years as Editor at the Emma Press and loved working with poets to prepare their pamphlets for publication.

I co-run poetry, prose and music event The Whole Story at The Poetry Café in Covent Garden, London, on the fourth Friday of the month. It is on hiatus at the moment but we will be back up and running as soon as possible!

© Rachel Piercey 2021