Bestselling, award-winning author, mother of 5
Rachel Kelly is a journalist and mother of five, with a long-standing interest in mental health. Her best selling memoir Black Rainbow describes how poetry helped her overcome depression and is published by Hodder & Stoughton, with all author proceeds going to the charities SANE and United Response. It was awarded the prize for Best First Book at the 2014 Spear’s Book Awards. Rachel worked at The Times for ten years as a reporter, feature writer and columnist on alternative health. In October 2011, she co-created iF Poems, a children’s poetry app for the iPhone and iPad. A book version of the app, If: A Treasury of Poems for Almost Every Possibility, was published in 2012 by Canongate and is now in its fourth edition. Rachel read Modern History at Magdalen College, Oxford. She leads poetry workshops in conjunction with charities for members of the public and in prisons. In October 2014 she was made an official Ambassador for SANE.