Rachel McCarthy

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Rachel McCarthy
Born (1984-07-31) 31 July 1984 (age 35)
Preston, Lancashire, UK
OccupationScientist, poet, broadcaster
Alma materDurham University
  • Climatology
  • Poetry
Notable works"Element"
Notable awardsLaureate's Choice (2015)

Rachel McCarthy (born 31 July 1984) is a British scientist, poet and broadcaster.

Early life and education[edit]

Rachel McCarthy was born in Preston, Lancashire. She was educated at St Mary's Catholic Primary School in Leyland, Leyland St Mary's Catholic High School and studied six A-levels at Runshaw College, Leyland. She studied Natural Sciences at Durham University as a member of University College. She graduated in 2006 with double first class honours in Chemistry and Physics.[1]


In 2008, she joined the Met Office soon becoming a Senior Climate Scientist, specialising in Climate Impacts and Disaster Risk Reduction. In 2010, she was seconded to London to advise the UK Government Department of Energy and Climate Change on policy matters relating to weather and climate including renewable energy provision. On her return to the Met Office she worked as Private Secretary to the Met Office Chief Scientist Prof. Dame Julia Slingo and became the first to hold the post of Expert Scientist in Communications.[citation needed]

In 2009, she established ExCite Poetry,[2] the Devon arm of the UK Poetry Society. Within six months of its formation, ExCite Poetry became the largest regional arm of the Poetry Society by a significant margin with well over 200 members and was consequently the focus of a BBC Radio 4 programme. Between 2009 and 2013, she co-hosted a monthly arts-review show on Phonic FM,[3] hailed by The Sunday Times as "providing some of the most inspiring broadcasting in the country".[4]

In 2013, she became Director of the Exeter Poetry Festival.[5] which saw its international inclusion and work with children escalate. This was the first time it made substantial profit, reinvested in the community programme.[citation needed]

In 2015 McCarthy won the first Laureate's choice award (see below) and converted the research behind the book into a one woman multimedia experience with numerous shows, including at the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2016. The same year she was appointed as an Expert for the European Commission on Science Matters and splits her time between home and mainland Europe.[citation needed]

Honours and awards[edit]

In 2015, she was chosen by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy as one of four of the most exciting new voices in British poetry that year. Her first pamphlet "Element" was published in June 2015 by Smith Doorstop[6] under the imprint of Laureate's Choice.[1]

Published works[edit]


Scientific papers[edit]

  • McCarthy, R., 2015: "Climate Communication: Bringing It All Together" - presented at Our Common Future Under Climate Change Conference, Paris, July 2015",[10]
  • Met Office., 2014: "Too hot, too dry, too wet, too cold: Drivers and impacts of seasonal weather in the UK" [11]
  • Met Office., 2013: "The recent pause in global warming(3): What are the implications for projections of future warming?" [12]
  • Met Office., 2013: "The recent pause in global warming(2): What are the potential causes?" [12]
  • Met Office., 2013: "The recent pause in global warming(1): What do the observations tell us?" [12]
  • Palin et al., 2013: "Future projections of temperature-related climate change impacts on the railway network of Great Britain", Climatic Change, 120(1- 2), 71-93 [13]

Articles and essays[edit]

  • "A Different Sort of Provocation"(The London Magazine, March 2016) [14]
  • "Climate Variability and Change: Migration and the Changing Concepts of Identity and Home in the Poetry of European Women'" (Cambridge Scholars, March 2014).[15]
  • "Weeding Out Success: The Inaugural Ted Hughes Award" (The Bookseller, March 2010).[16]
  • "Midas Touch: What Carol Ann Duffy's appointment means for the laureateship" (Poetry News, Summer 2009).[17]
  • "Great Expectations for Duff" (The Bookseller, May 2009).[18]
  • "Andrew Motion: Leaving the Laureateship" (Pan Macmillan, April 2009).[19]
  • "On Gender and Poetry" (Pan Macmillan, Feb 2009).[20]


  1. ^ a b https://www.poetryinaldeburgh.org/single-post/2016/10/25/PASSION-AND-PRECISION-Ruth-Padel-and-Rachel-McCarthy
  2. ^ "Business profile for excitepoetry.org provided by Network Solutions". www.excitepoetry.org. Retrieved 26 December 2018.
  3. ^ FM, Phonic. "Phonic FM: Exeter's community radio station » Blah! Blah! Blah!". www.phonic.fm. Retrieved 26 December 2018.
  4. ^ Christian Brook Published at 11:21AM, 10 December 2009 (10 December 2009). "Phonic and the search for good alternative radio". The Times. Retrieved 8 June 2014.
  5. ^ "Promoting Exeter Poetry Festival and poetry in Devon". Exeter Poetry Festival. Retrieved 8 June 2014.
  6. ^ "Smith Doorstop". Smith Doorstopl. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  7. ^ "The Poetry Business – CAST: The Poetry Business Book of New Contemporary Poets". Poetrybusiness.co.uk. Retrieved 8 June 2014.
  8. ^ http://ro.ecu.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1189&context=landscapes
  9. ^ "BBC Radio 4 - Poetry Workshop, Series 1, Episode 1". BBC. Retrieved 26 December 2018.
  10. ^ "Climate Communication: Bringing It All Together - presented at Our Common Future Under Climate Change Conference, Paris, July 2015". UNFCCC. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
  11. ^ "Drivers and impacts of the seasonal weather in the UK". Met Office. 25 March 2014. Retrieved 8 June 2014.
  12. ^ a b c "The recent pause in warming". Met Office. 14 April 2014. Archived from the original on 21 June 2014. Retrieved 8 June 2014.
  13. ^ Palin, Erika J.; Thornton, Hazel E.; Mathison, Camilla T.; McCarthy, Rachel E.; Clark, Robin T.; Dora, John (2013). "Future projections of temperature-related climate change impacts on the railway network of Great Britain". Climatic Change. 120: 71–93. doi:10.1007/s10584-013-0810-8.
  14. ^ A Different Sort of Provocation
  15. ^ (Cambridge Scholars, April 2014)
  16. ^ "Weeding out Success: (The Bookseller, March 2010)". Retrieved 26 December 2018.
  17. ^ "Midas Touch". Retrieved 26 December 2018.
  18. ^ Great Expectations for Duffy (The Bookseller, May 2009) Archived 2009-05-07 at the Wayback Machine
  19. ^ Andrew Motion: Leaving the Laureateship (Pan Macmillan, April 2009) Archived 2010-02-19 at the Wayback Machine
  20. ^ On Gender and Poetry (Pan Macmillan, Feb 2009) Archived 2010-02-19 at the Wayback Machine

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