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Rachel Mann

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  • Rachel Mann is an Anglican parish priest and writer. She was Poet-in-Residence at Manchester Cathedral between 2009 and 2017 and is the author of seven books, including Fierce Imaginings: The Great War, Ritual, Memory and God (DLT, 2017). She is Visiting Fellow in Creative Writing and English at Manchester Metropolitan University. Her first collection of poetry, A Kingdom of Love, was published by Carcanet in 2019.
    Praise for Rachel Mann 'A surprising talent alive and flourishing in our secular world.'
    William Bedford, Agenda
    'Mann's wrestling with ideas of language and religion is ambitious and richly complex... there's a wonderful energy and tangibility.'

    Patrick James Errington, Poetry London
      'A passionate examination in short lyrics, of some of life's big questions on death, faith, doubt and, of course, love.'
    Lizzie Husum, Dundee University Review of the Arts
    'A surprising talent alive and flourishing in our secular world.'
    William Bedford, Agenda
    'This book has a great deal to offer those who don't believe in a god; strength, connection, the time taken to slow down and reflect on how we relate to others, and how we can continue to move forward on both difficult days and joyous ones... These are poems to sit with, to linger over.'

    Dianne Mulholland

      'This collection by Anglican priest and poet Rachel Mann is richly lyrical and textured ... These poems are certainly food for thought, but they neither pontificate nor patronise ... wry and poignant and reflective by turns'

    Sarah Law, Stride magazine: 'Liturgy, Litany and Lyric'

    'A Kingdom of Love is a stirring set of poems, vibrant, gentle, yet at times has the ability to make the reader aware of their surroundings, a mild shaking of sorts'
    The Bobsphere
    'This is a beautiful, incantatory free verse that sparkles with alliteration and allusions'
    BookishBeck
    'A Kingdom of Love is a hard-won book of wonders. Poem after poem works at the edge of what language can describe or explore - the nature of belief, the presence and absence of God, the rituals and reality of death, suffering and above all, love. It is a mesmerising debut.'
    Michael Symmons Roberts
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