Poetry Society Member Rachel Plummer wins LGBT award

Rachel Plummer


Poetry Society Member Rachel Plummer, who is based in Edinburgh, has been awarded LGBT History Month Cultural Commissions, funded by Creative Scotland to promote innovative artwork exploring lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender themes. The finished pieces of work will be unveiled as part of LGBT History Month in February.Rachel will work in collaboration with an illustrator on a collection of children’s poetry re-telling traditional Scottish myths from an LGBT perspective.

“As a queer parent and poet, I’ve found it challenging to find children’s books which reflect our family and life experiences,” she said. “What books there are often seem to focus on demonstrating LGBT families to a presumed straight reader [a person who identifies with the gender they were assigned at birth] as a kind of social education. I envision my project as including trans and queer themes and characters in a way that allows families like mine to see ourselves in roles that do more than educate, roles and stories that reflect the full complexity of our lives.”

Helen was a Troubadour prize winner last year and her poetry has appeared in anthologies including 154 (a contemporary response to Shakespeare’s 154 sonnets) and the Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year.

She is a Scottish Book Trust’s New Writers Award winner for 2016 and is currently working on her first collection, The Woman who Married the Eiffel Tower.

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2 August 2016