Rachel McCrum

Administrative Director/Board Member, Mile End Poets' Festival/La Poesie Partout

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Poet, performer, workshop facilitator, events organiser and promoter. BA in English Literature and Language from Jesus College, Oxford. Two pamphlets with Stewed Rhubarb Press: The Glassblower Dances (2012) and Do Not Alight Here Again (2015), and her first book The First Blast To Awaken Women Degenerate will be published by Freight Books in 2017. Lived in Edinburgh from 2010 to 2016 where she was the Broad of cult spoken word cabaret Rally & Broad, the inaugural BBC Scotland Poet in Residence and a recipient of an RLS Fellowship in 2016. Now lives in Montreal, Quebec.

Summary of work

As a platform builder/events organiser and promoter: Broad of Rally & Broad (2012 - 2016), Stewed Rhubarb Press and SHIFT/ Collective, all in Edinburgh. Now based in Montreal, working as Administrative Director of Mile End Poets' Festival and Board Member of new poetry collective La Poesie Partout, an organisation to promote, share and disseminate poetry, in all forms, in Quebec. She maintains links with Scotland as co-founder of cinepoems and co-editor of new online poetry journal All These New Relations.

Summary of work to develop

To explore ways to further links between UK and Quebec/Canada; between Quebec/Canada and internationally; to further exchanges and collaborations; to work in translation and bi/multi lingually; to explore digital collaboration as a way to exchange practice and share work internationally. Particularly interested in live events and performance as a form of collaboration.



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