Rachel writes poetry aimed at primary school children, encouraging a love of language and storytelling. Her themes range widely: mythical characters, space probes, history, feminism, animals… She always tries to write carefully crafted poems which fizz with life.
In 2015, she co-edited the anthology Falling Out of the Sky: Poems about Myths and Monsters (The Emma Press), and co-led a national children’s poetry tour of performances and workshops, supported by Arts Council England.
Falling Out of the Sky was shortlisted for the prestigious Centre for Literacy in Primary Education children’s poetry award, and you can watch videos of Rachel performing her poems and chatting about children’s poetry on the CLPE’s fantastic Poetryline site.
Rachel has also co-edited the anthologies Watcher of the Skies: Poems about Space and Aliens and The Head that Wears a Crown: Poems about Kings and Queens, both with the Emma Press.
Rachel performs at festivals, bookshops, libraries and schools all around the country. She is available for readings and school visits and can tailor a workshop to each school’s requirements. Contact her for further details.
Rachel performing at the launch of Watcher of the Skies. Photograph by John Canfield.