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Cultural Commission: Rachel Plummer

Rachel Plummer is a poet and spoken word performer based in Edinburgh. 

She has had poems published in journals and magazines including Mslexia, Agenda, Dactyl and RAUM, and placed or highly commended in competitions such as the Plough Prize, Penfro, Poetry on the Lake and the Bristol Poetry Prize. She is a Troubadour prizewinner 2015.

Her poetry has appeared in anthologies including 154 (a contemporary response to Shakespeare's 154 sonnets) and the Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year anthology.

She is a Scottish Book Trust's New Writers Award winner for 2016 and is currently working on her first collection for grown ups.

The Commission

Rachel spent the year working on Wain, a collection of children's poems re-telling traditional Scottish myths from an LGBT perspective.

The poems explore subjects such as gender, sexuality/asexuality, community and identity, incorporating Scottish mythological creatures such as the Blue Men, Selkies and Wulvers.

Commenting on the award Rachel said:

‘As a queer parent and poet, I’ve found it challenging to find children's books which reflect our family and life experiences. What books there are often seem to focus on demonstrating LGBT families to a presumed straight, cis (a person who identifies with the gender they were assigned at birth) reader as a kind of social education.’

Rachel is currently working with LGBT History Month Scotland to find a publisher for the book.

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