Living Published Women Poets in the UK
Jacqui Rowe
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Jacqui Rowe poet

Jacqui Rowe was born in Birmingham and still lives there.


Paint (Flarestack Poets, 2011)

Apolliniare translations (Perdika, 2009)

Blue (Flarestack, 2007)

Jacqui Rowe was an English Teacher but now works as a freelance writer and tutor. She teaches at the Making Poetry evening course at the Midlands Arts Centre in Birmingham and programmes Poetry Bites, a regular event featuring poetry readings by established poets with open mic spots. Jacqui Rowe is an Associate Advisor for Birmingham LEA works as a writer in schools, and is a Critical Reader for the National Association of Writers in Education.

In 2009 Jacqui Rowe become co-director of Flarestack Poets with Meredith Andrea, taking over the poetry pamphlet publishing arm of Flarestack, which also publishes Obsessed with Pipework. As well as considering submissions for publication, Flarestack Poets also runs a periodic competition where the prize is publication.

Jacqui Rowe also does jewellery making, metalwork and design, the proceeds of which assist in funding her poetry activities. A residency at Wightwick Manor, a National Trust property, lead to an exhibition where Jacqui Rowe combines poetry and metalwork.

“As someone who works in museums I was drawn to the long poem Everyday Things which was inspired by the exhibition An Archaeology of Everyday Things at a Birmingham museum. The poem begins, ‘This is an exhibition about/ the origins of human conflict// and towards the end it has a curator who  suggests:// We’ll be known for what we don’t wear out,/ not what we reinvent or turn to/ compost, use until it falls apart.’ I found myself cycling to and from work contemplating that so simple but rather frightening thought. As Jacqui Rowe sits ‘between the café and the theatre/ to write about encounters amongst the objects’ the following incident occurs: ‘A beak faced boy protected by a cycle helmet,/ hovers and dips to feel my copper basket. ‘It’s fine,’ /I say before his carer says,/ ‘He’s only curious,’ and I pull my bag away.’ This is a scene I’ve observed many times in museums but often not played out so positively. Jacqui Rowe presents this potential for conflict within a very simple description. The poems in Blue take a wide variety of form and speak with many voices. Not all are easily accessible at first reading but it’s worth persevering. Try them and see.’  Sue Butler (Sphinx)

Official website: http://www.jacquirowe.com/index.htm


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