Congratulations to Stewed Rhubarb Press, which has won the Callum Macdonald Memorial Award for Rachel McCrum’s poetry pamphlet, The Glass Blower Dances.
Stewed Rhubarb Press was founded just under a year ago by James T Harding and Rachel McCrum in order to publish poets with a performance or spoken word slant. The winning pamphlet was their first publication, and they have gone on to publish Jenny Lindsay, Harry Giles, Anne Connolly, Lucy Ayrton, Tracey S. Rosenberg and Katherine McMahon. Browse the pamphlets at www.stewedrhubarb.org
"We didn't go into pamphlet publishing for the glitz and glamour," said James, "so winning this award has been rather a surreal affair for us. It's a serious honour to have won, and I can't thank this year's Callum Macdonald team enough for their recognition and encouragement." As the writer of the winning pamphlet, Rachel McCrum will become Michael Marks Poet in Residence at the Harvard Center for Hellenic Studies in Greece this July. Working as a performance poet in Edinburgh since 2010, McCrum is one half of the Rally & Broad literary cabaret and the Community Project Manager for the Inky Fingers spoken-word collective.
Rachel McCrum/photo Chris Scott
Both Rachel and James have strong connections with StAnza. Rachel performed at our Poetry Café along with Harry Giles – see her blog about it here. James has covered many events at StAnza as a Festival Blogger.