Rachael Boast

Rachael Boast was born in 1975 and is the author of three collections of poetry, most recently Void Studies (Picador 2016), which was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize. Her first collection, Sidereal (Picador, 2011), won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection and the Seamus Heaney Prize for Best First Collection. She was co-editor of The Echoing Gallery: Bristol Poets and Art in the City (Redcliffe Press). She lives in Bristol.


Photo: Julia Simone


Book Launch: The Caught Habits of Language »

Join editors Rachael Boast and Andy Ching for the launch of 'An Entertainment for W.S. Graham for Him Having Reached One Hundred’

Sat 10 March | 18:15 - 18:45 | FREE | J & G Innes Ltd, Booksellers, South Street

Imprisoned Poets Reading »

Readings from the work of imprisoned poets

Sun 11 March | 18:30 - 19:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Studio Theatre

Five O’Clock Verses »

Reading: Rachael Boast, Daljit Nagra

Fri 9 March | 17:00 - 18:00 | £6.50/£4.50 | Parliament Hall, South Street



She’ll sing as if having downed
more than one glass of strong wine,
and loosening herself up gradually
becomes ventriloquist of his love
of amusing her with his Spanish silence.
She sings in her slow delayed tempo
wearing his tattered bird-costume,
her voice, an offering to the sky,
her body inhabiting the music
of its dark interiority, as the strength
of her tongue pushes beyond language
and hunger. All night she glides
like a swallow over a mirror of water.
He watches her, his ranchera, in his sleep.

Rachael Boast

From Void Studies (Picador, 2016)