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About Rennie

Born in West Yorkshire, Rennie Parker has lived and worked in Lincolnshire since 1987. Her first collection Secret Villages was published by Flambard Press in 2001, featuring in the 2002 Forward Prizes anthology. Since then, she has published several collections with Shoestring Press, including Candleshoe (2014) and The Complete Electric Artisan (2017).

The regional landscape features regularly in her work, along with architecture and visual arts. Between 2005 and 2014 she was employed in cultural services and community arts, including development work for the John Clare Trust. 

She has also published reviews and literary history, including The Georgian Poets (Northcote House/British Council, 1999).

Individual poems have appeared in: The Rialto, Other Poetry, PN Review, Critical Survey, Dream Catcher, The North, Under the Radar, The Interpreter’s House, The Fenland Journal. One of her Lincolnshire poems from Candleshoe appeared in the Places of Poetry anthology, ed. Andrew McRae (Oneworld, 2020). 

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Rennie's Work


If you should see me walking
look away – it wasn’t me you saw
for I walk faster than the wind,
it was a remaining shadow on the wall.
If you should hear me speak, do not reply –
the moment lives elsewhere, another time
imagine another voice you might have heard
for I have gone. It is the song
alone you hear, the crowded air.

From Candleshoe, Shoestring Press, 2014