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Rachel Long is a poet, curator, & the founder of Octavia - Poetry Collective for Womxn of Colour. Octavia was founded in response to the lack of inclusivity & representation in poetry & the academy. Octavia are housed at the Southbank Centre, London. Since their creation in 2015, Octavia have read at venues from Tate Britain to Latitude Festival (where Solange touched Amina's hand). They've led workshops at The Poetry School & The Serpentine Galleries, & featured in The Guardian, ASOS Magazine and on BBC's World Service. Octavia closed Women of the World Festival 2017 with their poetry-film-dance response to Margaret Atwood’s seminal feminist novel, The Handmaid’s Tale. (

Rachel’s own work has featured in The London Magazine, Magma, & Filigree: An Anthology of Contemporary Black British Poetry. She is the co-translator of O Martelo/The Hammer by Brazilian poet, artist & activist, Adelaide Ivanova. She was invited to India by The British Council in 2016, & to Chicago in 2018 & 19 by The Poetry Foundation. Rachel has a special interest in curating creative spaces for womxn & girls. She has led womxn-focused workshops - Irreverent Womxn at The Poetry School, Intimate Chaos at The Camden Arts Centre, Yoga & Poetry, From the Body: Life Drawing & Writing, Telling Her Story, and A Manual for Dreaming Women at Southbank Centre. Rachel also led BBC 1Xtra’s national spoken word talent development scheme, Words First 2019, in collaboration with Apples and Snakes. She is co-tutor on the Barbican Young Poets programme, & Poetry Fellow of University of Hertfordshire.