Rachel Long

Poet, Literary Events Curator, Facilitator. Rachel was shortlisted for Young Poet Laureate for London 2014. She is a current poetry awardee on the prestigious Jerwood/Arvon Mentorship Scheme (2015-16). Her poems have been published in numerous anthologies and magazines, including Magma and The Emma Press. She has facilitated writing workshops for Apples & Snakes, Crisis at Christmas, and The Red Cross.

Rachel has helped realise events such as National Poetry Day Live at The Southbank Centre (2014) and Renaissance One’s, London is The Place For Me Festival – celebrating Caribbean literature. Earlier this year, she curated ‘Seven Songs for Malcolm X’, a film and poetry event at Deptford Cinema, and the UNHEARD Festival spoken word/poetry night, raising awareness about sexual abuse and violence. She is currently curating an ekphrasis event for Late at Tate.

For Clear Lines, Rachel will lead a free creative writing workshop for the public, encouraging attendees to explore themes of sexual abuse and assault through writing poetry and prose. She is also curating the Spoken Word Night on August 2nd, which will close the festival.