Rachel McCrum was born in 1982 and grew up in Donaghadee, Northern Ireland. She has a BA in English Literature and Language from Jesus College, Oxford. She has previously published two pamphlets with Stewed Rhubarb Press: The Glassblower Dances (2012) and Do Not Alight Here Again (2015). She lived in Edinburgh, Scotland 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. Her first book The First Blast To Awaken Women Degenerate was published by Freight Books in summer 2017. She now lives in Montreal, Quebec.

Photo Credit: Chris Close for the Edinburgh International Book Festival