Portfolio

Rachel Grosvenor: Author, Coach & Editor

Work that I've done

Short stories, novels, poetry – I’m a fan of writing it all.

Take a moment to see what I’ve had published, what I’m currently writing, and how I work with other writers too. 

Upcoming Publications

A Pleasant Ride – TBC 2022Horror story published in West by Black Hare Press

I am writing three books at the moment:

A Fair Trial: The Writing Reputation of Lady Chatterton

This research book is currently on its final edit, and is a concise examination of the literary reputation of Lady Georgiana Chatterton, the nineteenth century author. This is the first book to be written about Chatterton since her husband published her memoirs, and fills a gap in an unexamined part of history.

It includes quotes from original letters, nineteenth century newspaper reviews, and collates research previously unmentioned.

The Dedworth Shame

A fantasy novel companion to The Birth of Ida, currently in its first draft. 

The Birth of Ida

A fantasy novel with a difference, you’ll find no medieval tropes here! Currently nearing the end of its fourth draft.

If you are interested in reading any of these works prior to completion, please get in touch.

Novels

I am currently looking for representation for The Second Space and The Finery.

The Second Space

The Second Space is an 80,000 word novel that presents the place of women in a patriarchal society, exploring themes such as sexuality, reclamation of space, and the power of physical objects.

It follows the story of a woman who escapes from the prospect of marriage and works to discover her self-identity, forging meaningful relationships with other women. The novel is set in modern day London, specifically East London.

If you are interested in reading The Second Space, please get in touch.

The Finery

The Finery is an 85,000 word YA novel that follows a retired university professor on her mission to overthrow a totalitarian government. It explores themes such as morality, power, and age discrimination – showing exactly how badass a woman in the later years of her life can be.

The novel is set in a fictional, and somewhat fantastical, land called Rytter.

If you are interested in reading The Finery, please get in touch.

Poetry

What of the Woman – 11/02/2021 
A poem published in The Raconteur Review: Fourth Issue

Renewed – 03/11/2020 
A poem published in The Auroras & Blossoms PoArtMo Anthology: 2020 Edition

The Silent Mountains – 18/08/2020
A poem published by digital literary magazine The Trouvaille Review.

New Home – 14/08/2020
A poem published by digital literary magazine Calm Down Magazine.

Nightfall and Imaginary Arguments – 01/08/2020
Two poems published by digital magazine Impspired.

To Create – 01/08/2020
A poem published by American literary journal Synchronized Chaos.

The Seasons of Ivy – 28/07/2020
A poem published by digital literary journal Spillwords Press.

Download my poetry chapbook: The Fixtures and Fittings of Xael. 

Short Stories

I love writing short stories. You can read some of them here:

Princess Robyn and the Dragon – 28/03/2021
A children’s short story published by digital publishing house Storyberries. Audio version also available.

The Meeting – 10/01/2021 – Podcast
Reading of a short story published by digital publishing house Bandit Fiction.

Home – 18/12/2020 -A short story published by digital literary magazine Fragmented Voices.

Life with Prawn – 24/10/2020
A short story published by digital literary magazine Fiction Kitchen Berlin.

The Preservation of Time – 02/09/2020
A short story published by digital magazine Impspired.

The Letter – 05/08/2020
A children’s short story published by digital publishing house Storyberries.

Circumstance – 26/07/2020
A short story/Drabble published by digital publishing house The Drabble.

The Meeting – 29/05/2020
A short story published by digital publishing house Bandit Fiction. This story also features on their first podcast, read by Rachel.

The Anxiety Within – 31/07/2015
A short story published by Creative Anxiety Zine.

You – 12/07/2012
A short story published by Cadaverine Magazine.

Professional Writing

Below are some of the articles and poetry I have written for professional services.

On Being a Writer – 18/08/2020
A blog style article published by digital publisher Bandit Fiction.

Uncovering Our Familiar Folklore Through Ballads and Old Tales – 11/01/2020 – An article published by Mookychick Magazine, detailing the folklore of Laos and the UK.

Bridget Ferrers Poem for Baddesley Clinton – 01/07/2018 – A poem commissioned by Baddesley Clinton, of the National Trust, displayed in the Blue Bedroom for their 2018/19 programme ‘Women and Power’. This poem is now part of the permanent collection.

Midlands Feminists Prepare to Ignite New Campaigns – 01/07/2014 – An article published by UK Feminista, about their ‘Feminista UK Summer Workshop’.

Birminghome – 01/05/2013 – An article published by the Birmingham Architecture festival, about Rachel’s connection with Birmingham.