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 numerous magazines and journals, including Poetry Wales, Envoi, Under the Radar, the New Welsh Review, Ink Sweat and Tears, Poetry Saltzburg Review and Acumen. My poem ‘Understood’ came 2nd in the Bangor Poetry Competition (2021). I’ve also had two poems shortlisted for the Bridport Prize, two poems commended in the Ware Poets Competition (judged by Kim Moore) and other poems commended in the Cheltenham Poetry Festival Competition and the Welsh Poetry Competition. See examples of some of my published poems here.

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…

‘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)

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

‘Metamorphosis: A Creative / Critical Response to Strangeland by Tracey Emin’, Episode 8 of the Looking at Femininity Sympodcast (May 2021)

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

‘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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