Rachael Allen
Poet in Residence

Our first poet in residence, Rachael Allen, worked in a study at Casa Mahler amongst Anna’s sculptures, and their presence is felt and referenced in a number of new poems which will be included in a collection being published by Faber in 2019. Towards the end of her time in Spoleto, she worked with Matteo Ciambella, a poet from Assisi, to translate several of the new poems into Italian: They both read their work at an Open Studios event during the Festival di Spoleto.  

Rachael Allen was born in Cornwall, UK, and studied English Literature at Goldsmiths College, London. She is the poetry editor at Granta, co-editor at the poetry press Clinic and of online journal Tender. A pamphlet of her poems was published as part of the Faber New Poets scheme, and her first collection will be published by Faber in 2019. She worked on the manuscript during her residency in Spoleto, whilst also exploring new work.

Rachael has published two books in collaboration with visual artists, Jolene with Guy Gormley (Matchsticks Books) and Nights of Poor Sleep with Marie Jacotey (Test Centre). She is the recipient of an Eric Gregory award and New Writing North’s Andrew Waterhouse award.

Rachael and Matteo Ciambella working on translations
Rachel and Matteo Ciambella reading at the Open Studios event