Rae began writing poetry shortly after the birth of her first child in 2009. Carol Ann Duffy shortlisted her poem Alms for Anne for the Arvon International poetry competition in 2010, and her poems The Dunns and Period, which dealt with her experience of miscarriage, appeared in Poetry Ireland Review shortly afterwards.
Rae has since won the Welsh International and Rialto Nature and Place poetry competitions. She was filmed reading her award-winning poem Airlings at the desk in Dylan Thomas’s bedroom in his beautifully restored Cwmdonkin house, and her poem The Swan was used as part of Swansea’s City of Culture bid in 2018.
Rae’s poems have been published in Magma, Envoi, the Rialto, New Welsh Review, Poetry Ireland, Cardiff Review, Marble, Black Bough and The Bay, and she has more forthcoming in the Poetry Business anthology The Result Is What You See Today, due out in late 2019, and in a forthcoming issue of Acumen. Her collaborative pamphlet, Blood and Bones, co-authored with the poet Jean James, was runner up in a recent competition run by Hedgehog Press, and is due for publication later this year. She is performing at the Swansea Fringe Festival, and she is a guest reader on issue 3 of Black Bough. Click here to read a selection of Rae’s published work.
Rae’s limited edition pamphlet, five, is now sold out.