About

My name is Rachel Carney. I’m a poet, non-fiction writer and creative writing tutor with a passion for literary events.

I’m currently completing a PhD at Cardiff University, researching the use of ekphrastic poetry as a tool for visitor engagement in art museums.

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I’ve had poems published in a number of different magazines and journals – see some examples here. One of my poems was recently shortlisted for the Bridport Prize.

My book – How to Start a Book Blog: A Step by Step Guide – contains advice for anyone interested in book blogging or creating a writer’s website.

I also write articles and reviews, and you can see examples of my work here…

‘A Virtual Residency at the Cynon Valley Museum’, Wales Arts Review (August 2020)

‘The Importance of Subjectivity in Ekphrastic Poems by Auden and Plath’, Wild Court (March 2020)

‘Magic’, Hay Festival International Writers Blog (November 2019)

Review: ‘A Taste of Wales at Hay’ , Click on Wales (May 2018)

‘A Review of Sophie McKeand’s Poetry Collection – Rebel Sun’, the Welsh Agenda (2017)

‘Edward Thomas 100: An Anglo-Welsh Poetic Legacy’, Click on Wales (2017)

Review: ‘The Book of Tides by Angela Readman’, The Poetry School (2017)

Review: ‘Beyond the Border Festival’, Wales Arts Review (2016)

‘Live: Cardiff Book Festival’, Wales Arts Review (2016)

‘The Cardiff Book Festival’‘Cardiff Book Festival Launch’, New Welsh Review blog (2016)

‘Inside Stories: Quentin Blake at the National Museum’, Click on Wales (2016)

Review: ‘City of the Unexpected’, Click on Wales (2016)

‘A Cardiff Story: A Migrant City’, The Guardian Cardiff blog (2010)


Huw Aaron, the official illustrator for the Cardiff Children’s Literature Festival, designed my magnificent logo.

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