Rachel Carney is a writer, researcher, project manager and creative writing facilitator based in Cardiff. Her debut poetry collection Octopus Mind will be published by Seren Books in July 2023.

She is currently completing an SWWDTP funded PhD with Cardiff University and Aberystwyth University, examining how ekphrastic poetry can enrich our engagement with art in museums, drawing on her experience of working in museums for several years.

She has had poems published in numerous magazines and journals, including Poetry Wales, Envoi, Under the Radar, the New Welsh Review, Ink Sweat and Tears, Poetry Saltzburg Review and Acumen. In 2021 she won the Pre-Raphaelite Society Poetry Competition, came 2nd in the Bangor Poetry Competition and was highly commended in the Liverpool Poetry Prize. She’s also had two poems shortlisted for the Bridport Prize, and one poem nominated for the Forward Prize. See some of her published poems here.

Rachel is Assistant Poetry Editor for The Cardiff Review. She is also a literary critic and book blogger, reviewing a wide range of genres and literary events. Her self-published book How to Start a Book Blog: A Step by Step Guide  contains advice for anyone interested in creating a writer’s website or book blog.

Created to Read began in 2016 as a book review blog, with regular features, interviews with writers and reviews of literary festivals and events. The blog covers a wide range of genres, with a strong focus on poetry, literary fiction and historical fiction. I’m now also blogging about my life as a writer.

Recent articles and reviews…

Academic Articles

‘Shaping the Lyric: Metaphorical Blank Space in the Poetry of Emily Berry and Ocean Vuong’, in C21 Literature: Journal of 21st-Century Writings 9 (1) – (September 2021)

Sabrin Hasbun, Rachel Carney, Harry Matthews et al. ‘The application of creative practice as a means of disrupting or re-defining the dynamics of power in, with or for different communities’, The Journal for Artistic Research, issue 27, 2022

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


‘Art and Words: A Collective Interpretation’, Wales Arts Review (September 2021)

‘Blogability’, in Mslexia issue 88 (December 2020)

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

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

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


‘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)

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)


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

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