Literary Programme 2017

Rachel McCrum

Rachel McCrum
(The First Blast to Awaken Women Degenerate)

Rachel McCrum

Bantry Bookshop

Mon 17 July 2017



The First Blast to Awaken Women Degenerate is the debut collection from the award-winning Rachel McCrum. Rachel is one of Scotland's highest profile poets and performers and co-founder of cult spoken word night Rally & Broad. In her first collection she asks questions of displacement and of the elasticity of space; of human defensiveness and of animal aggression; of inertia and movement: of threat and of resistance. What happens when we raise our voices? What happens when we are no longer heard? 

Rachel McCrum is a poet, performer and workshop teacher who has worked in Scotland, Quebec, Haiti, South Africa, Greece and Ireland. She won the Callum MacDonald Award for her first pamphlet The Glassblower Dances in 2012; was the first ever BBC Scotland Poet In Residence in 2015 and was awarded a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship in 2016. She is a founding member of Stewed Rhubarb Press and the SHIFT/ Poetry Collective; and was the Broad of acclaimed Scottish spoken word cabaret Rally and Broad (The List Hot 100 #12 in 2015). Her second pamphlet Do Not Alight Here Again (2015) was turned into a solo show for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015. She has performed at Latitude, Wickerman, StAnza, La Festival de la Poesie, Les Nuits Amérindiennes and the Edinburgh International Book Festival. She is a member of poetry collective ‘La Poesie Partout’ and co-ordinates the cinepoems/All These New Relations project with poets Calum Rodger (Glasgow) and Jonathan Lamy (Montreal). She currently lives in Montreal. The First Blast To Awaken Women Degenerate is her first collection and is published in June 2017.

Dedicated to the memory of John O'Mahony
This year's Bantry Bookshop readings are dedicated to the memory of John O'Mahony who passed away in February. John was a native of Bantry who started his journalism career with RTE and spent many years in New York as a journalist with the Irish Echo, the New York Post and Bloomberg Businessweek. You may read more about John's life and work here.

Rachel’s photo is by Colin Usher @ Studio Faire