Rachael Boast was born in Suffolk in 1975. Her first collection, Sidereal, is the winner of the Seamus Heaney Centre Prize for Poetry 2012. She currently divides her time between Scotland and the West Country.
Our pick of this year's best poetry collections, from Kate Tempest to Carol Ann Duffy.
Picador poet Rachael Boast's poem Belle Époque has been awarded the first prize. Read the winning poem here.
by Rachael BoastLying down on a bench by the bridge,
a moon in late Gemini hidden from view,
I think of you who I loved a moment ago
as handfuls of light thrown up in the sky
What's the magic of this poem? Ritual and prophecy play a part. And perhaps prayer too. Of course, poems worth knowing often require an act of homage themselves – 'going/back to the same place until it knows you'.
Rachael Boast's second collection, Pilgrim's Flower, is up against three other collections in the International category of the award.
‘I see poetry as a way of training ourselves to be able to access what we don’t know we know, through language.’ Rachael Boast kicks off our poets on poetry series.
The Seamus Heaney Centre Prize for Poetry is awarded annually to the writer of the best first collection published in the UK or Ireland in the preceding year.
Picador poet Rachael Boast has won the Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection!
Rachael Boast's debut collection Sidereal has been shortlisted for the Aldeburgh First Collection Prize 2011, one of the most influential and established poetry prizes in the UK.
Sidereal, Rachael Boast's fantastic debut collection of poetry has been longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award.
Two Picador poets make it on to the Forward Prize shortlists . . .
We've teamed up with Foyles to make a Picador Poem of the Month.
Poet Rachael Boast explains the impetus behind her debut collection, Sidereal, by way of The Book of Job and Joseph Brodsky's claim that language is a game we play to re-structure time.