Rachel McCrum announced as first ever BBC Scotland Poet in Residence

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One half of Rally & Broad set for three-month residency in collaboration with BBC Scotland and the Scottish Poetry Library

Award-winning poet Rachel McCrum has been announced as BBC Scotland's first ever Poet in Residence. The writer, who is also known as one half of spoken word outfit Rally & Broad, is set to be introduced in the role on National Poetry Day (that's on Thu 8 Oct, for those who haven't checked their literary calendars in a while).

The role will see the poet assume a three-month residency as part of a unique collaboration between BBC Scotland and the Scottish Poetry Library, and with such a great title comes great responsibility. During her three months in the job, McCrum is tasked with bringing poetry to audiences across the country. Her main platform for doing so will be the Janice Forsyth Show, but she will also be contributing to a diverse range of BBC Scotland programming, as well as delivering poetry workshops to primary and secondary schools with the help of BBC Scotland’s digital media literacy outreach project, The L.A.B.

McCrum was chosen from over 70 applicants for the role, but it is far from her first accolade. In 2012, she won Edinburgh's International Women’s Day Slam and in 2013, she bagged the Callum MacDonald Award, which recognises exceptional pamphlet poetry.

Speaking about the appointment, McCrum said: 'I love language and I’m really excited to be taking this passion to another level and to be sharing it with people across the country. Scotland has a great oral tradition of storytelling and I think poetry provides a way for people – and by that I mean all sorts of people – to reflect their own experiences in their own communities in our modern world.'

Rally & Broad

A literary-flavoured cabaret night, boasting spoken word, 'live literature', new music and dancing into the wee small hours. Hosted by Jenny Lindsay and Rachel McCrum.

Rally & Broad

Described as ‘a beacon of brilliance on the live lit scene’ (The List), Rally & Broad are teaming up with SMHAFF for the launch of their fourth season. Producers Jenny Lindsay and Rachel McCrum bring you an eclectic mix of spoken word, authors and music, all presented in the inimitable Rally & Broad style.

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