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Exeter writer chosen as one of the most exciting new British poets
There's some things in life you wouldn’t think go together but being a scientist, Rachel McCarthy likes to test the boundaries and has proved poetry and science create a successful formula.
The 30-year-old from St David’s, Exeter, has been chosen by the Poet Laureate, a royal appointment, as one of four of the most exciting new voices in British poetry.
It is the first time a Poet Laureate has recognised emerging talent in such a way, and Rachel is not only the youngest of the four, but also the only one living in the South.
The Poet Laureate’s Choice award isn’t about money or a glittering trophy but the recognition the award brings, including publication, a poetry tour and invitations to prestigious literacy events.
“I’ve known since December 2013, but I couldn’t tell anyone until recently. It’s understandably been quite hard to keep it to myself!
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