Rachel Plummer

Rachel Plummer is a poet and creative writing teacher based in Edinburgh. She won a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award in 2016, and was given a cultural commission from LGBT Youth Scotland to write a collection of children’s poems, Wain, which retells traditional Scottish folk stories with an LGBT+ perspective. Wain has since been published by Emma Press. Rachel runs creative writing workshops for children and teens at the Scottish Poetry Library.

www.rachelplummer.co.uk

Events

Mermaids and messages in bottles »

A poetry workshop for children with Rachel Plummer

Sat 7 March | 14:30 - 15:30 | £3 admits one child and one accompanying adult; all further tickets cost £2 | Public Library, Church Square, Meeting Room

Meet the Artist »

Meet the poet behind the Carnegie-nominated Wain

Sat 7 March | 16:15 - 16:45 | FREE | Public Library, Church Square, Meeting Room

Wain »

Watercolours responding to Rachel Plummer’s re-imagining of Scottish myths

Thu 5 March - Sat 7 March | 09:15 - 16:45 | FREE | Public Library, Church Square, Meeting Room

Poem

Finfolkaheem

Once I loved a human boy.
But that was long ago, before the sea
scattered its silver coins on the coast
at Eynhallow, filling my purse.

Once I loved a finwife
and her love was a transformation.
I grew gills. A shiny tail,
fish-scaled, leafy as a dragon.

That was how much I loved her.
So much that I breathed water
and spoke coral, and swam.
So much that I forsook the land

and went home with her
to the Finfolk’s palace on the sea bed:
Finfolkaheem. It glowed with the light
of a thousand phosphorescent creatures.

It swayed like a drowned woman’s hair.
It sang like the sea
in an empty conch shell;
I held it to my ear.

Once I loved a human boy
and loved the land he walked on,
his two feet, his strong legs,
the hill that was our home.

But time came like a tide;
eroding life’s bedrock
and flooding me with the possibility
of mermaids.

Rachel Plummer

From Wain (Emma Press, 2019)