Rachel Mann Anglican priest, poet, musician,  writer, metal reviewer, poetry

About Me

Rachel Mann Anglican Priest, Poet, Writer and Musician ­­Born in 1970, Rachel Mann grew up in Worcestershire before studying Philosophy at university. In the mid-nineties she worked as Teaching Fellow in the Philosophy Department at Lancaster before a sense of vocation led to a move to Inner-city Manchester in church-related community work. She’s been based in and around Manchester pretty much ever since. In addition to her philosophy training, she holds qualifications in Theology and Creative Writing/English Literature.

She began writing poetry, liturgy and short stories in the late nineties as a result of major ill-health. She has also written feminist liturgical theology, cultural history and has been a regular contributor to The Church Times. She has published two full-length books, Dazzling Darkness and The Risen Dust (both Wild Goose) as well as contributing to many others.

In addition she writes on music, particularly prog, folk and metal. She was Metal/Rock reviewer for manchestermusic.co.uk. She works freelance for magazines like Prog Magazine and The Quietus.

Ordained into the Church of England in 2005, Rachel is priest-in-charge of St Nicholas Burnage. In October 2009 she was appointed Poet-in-Residence at Manchester Cathedral. She acts as lead person for the Cathedral’s International Religious Poetry Competition and also helped establish the annual ‘Manchester Sermon’, a collaboration between Manchester Literature Festival and the Cathedral. Her poetry has been widely published.

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