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Rachel's early years were spent in the story-book-sounding village of Nutgrove, St Helens, where she began writing from an early age. Her first raft of poetry, written at Primary School, was secretly published by a family friend into a collection entitled 'No Thorns On This Berry' (Berry being Rachel's maiden name). It earned her the nickname 'the Poetess' from teachers.
At High School she received even more encouragement; indeed an English teacher with whom she's still in touch is threatening to sell her old essays and make her (ahem) fortune!
At Leeds University she studied Communications and English, before embarking on a career as a Copywiter. Creative writing remained her first love though and in 2011 she wrote a rhyming story for children about the real-life giant, John Middleton, who lived in Hale on the river Mersey four hundred years ago. His thatched cottage - complete with the two windows where his feet poked through while in bed - still stands, and indeed it was the thought of his feet dangling through the window that Rachel knew children would love. Entitled The Cautionary Tale of the Childe of Hale, it became Rachel's first published story, and was short-listed for Best Picture Book UK at the Heart of Hawick Awards 2013.
Rachel has gone on to write various books and even plays for children , including early readers. Her most famous work, I Wish I'd Been Born A Unicorn, was broadcast as a bedtime story on CBeebies, and named in the top ten bedtime stories ever by the Great British Bookshop.
Rachel lives in Rainford, St Helens, with husband Andrew and their daughter, Daisy.