Rachel Long is the leader of Octavia Poetry Collective for Women of Colour. Since 2015 she has been Assistant Tutor to Jacob Sam-La Rose on the Barbican Young Poets programme. She began writing poetry after attending a workshop with Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze, a transformative experience she describes as ‘radically intimate, and yet simultaneously expansive. I’ve been writing poems since I left that room.’
I’m going to continue to try to find ways to support and build and create communities, particularly for - for Black British poets, particularly for women.