Rachel Burns was born in Newcastle-Upon Tyne and grew up in a small rural village in County Durham. She now resides near Durham City. Her poetry captures the texture of life in Durham's hinterland of ex-mining communities, interlacing innocence and experience with a thread of disquiet always present. Her poems can be found most recently in The London Grip, Ink, Sweat & Tears, and Butcher’s Dog. Her poem was a winner in the Poetry Archive Worldview 2020 judged by Imtiaz Dharker and shortlisted in Wolves Poetry Lit Fest 2021 judged by Liz Berry.