Poems etc.,

Links to reviews, poems, interviews and readings online:


Her Birth (book):

The Guardian, 5th October, 2013


Dove Grey Reader:


The Booktrust:


Bel Mooney’s Books of the Year:


For Books’ Sake


Jane Draycott for Canto Magazine:


Katy Evans-Bush, Poetry London, Spring 2014 (extract): 

It must be at once the most painfully personal and the most restrained and sparsely written poetry collection of the year… It’s poetry of witness. The language is simple; the images are simple; the feeling is all. It’s feeling no one wants to have, and it is handled with immense grace.

Tracey M. Smith writing for DURA (Dundee University Review of the Arts):  http://dura-dundee.org.uk/her-birth/

Chris Beckett for London Griphttp://londongrip.co.uk/2014/06/london-grip-poetry-review-goss/

Jade Cuttle for Next Generation Poets: http://nextgenerationpoets.com/rebecca-goss-reviewed-jade-cuttle/


I am very grateful to category judge Michael Mackmin, editor of poetry magazine The Rialto, for his generous response to Her Birth: “I read the book from cover to cover in one go and couldn’t keep back the tears. It’s the story of the brief life of her firstborn, who had an incurable heart disease. ‘I scoop her from her metal cot and rest / her broken heart on mine.’  “A raw story told with great clarity and one that eventually takes in the birth of a second child, who lives. Rebecca has terrific self-awareness too – watch out when you get to the poem ‘Bench’.”


Poet Sarah Wescott on her blog The Literary Loper: http://literary-loper.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/micro-reviews.html

Poet Sarah James, on her blog: http://www.sarah-james.co.uk/?p=4253

The Wordsworth Trust, September 2013: http://kimmoorepoet.wordpress.com/2013/09/15/sunday-poem-andrew-mcmillan/

Manchester Literature Festival, October 2013 http://www.manchesterliteraturefestival.co.uk/blog-posts/review-open-the-windows-at-manchester-museum-872

Poetry Wivenhoe, November 2013 http://poetrywivenhoe.org/?page_id=1163


‘Her Birth’ was The Saturday Poem in The Guardian in October, 2013: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/aug/10/her-birth-rebecca-goss-poem

The Poetry Archive: http://www.poetryarchive.org/poet/rebecca-goss

Next Generation Poets 2014: http://nextgenerationpoets.com/rebecca-goss/

Interview/new poems at Poetry Spotlight 2016: http://poetryspotlight.com/rebecca-goss/

And Other Poemshttps://andotherpoems.wordpress.com/2015/02/10/two-poems-by-rebecca-goss/ & https://andotherpoems.wordpress.com/2013/01/16/rebecca-goss/

The Learned Pig written for their Clean/Unclean issue: http://www.thelearnedpig.org/scabies/1975

Poems in Which, issue 7: http://poemsinwhich.com/2015/04/02/poem-in-which-i-spent-the-day-being-rachel/

Peony Moon: I was delighted to be asked to write about Her Birth for the excellent contemporary poetry blog Peony Moon.  You can read the piece and three poems from the collection here: http://peonymoon.wordpress.com/2013/08/14/the-old-and-the-young-by-rebecca-goss/

Poem ‘White Currants’, Highly Commended in The Mirehouse Poetry Prize 2014: http://www.mirehouse.co.uk/discover-the-house/poetry-prize/2014-poetry-prize-winners

My poem ‘Aeroplanes’, a prize winner in The Bridport Prize 2000, was animated for Liverpool’s Poetry in the City Festival, 2008.  You can watch it here

My poem’Virginity’ was selected by Kate Clanchy for her Guardian Poetry Workshop.


Next Generation Poets 2014: http://nextgenerationpoets.com/rebecca-goss/

My interview in The Observer about Her Birth, Ella and The Forward Prize: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/jul/07/rebecca-goss-poet-forward-prize-shortlist

Interview on Woman’s Hour 2013 about Her Birth, Ella and The Forward Prize: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01f6c6f

To help mark the start of Children’s Heart Week in 2009,  I was interviewed on BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour, about the collection I have written about the death of my young daughter in 2008. (Her Birth, Carcanet/Northern House, 2013).  You can listen to the interview here.

I wrote about Her Birth for the excellent contemporary poetry blog Peony Moon.  You can read the piece and three poems from the collection here: http://peonymoon.wordpress.com/2013/08/14/the-old-and-the-young-by-rebecca-goss/

READINGS to watch:

Medicine Unboxed 2015: Reading/discussion with Jane Draycott and Jo Shapcott https://vimeo.com/154315757?ref=tw-share

Next Generation Poets 2014: http://nextgenerationpoets.com/rebecca-goss/

Mini-film of Next Generation Poets event at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London now online: http://nextgenerationpoets.com

International Literature Showcase/British Council/Next Generation Poets/Writers’ Centre Norwich reading with Patience Agbabi, Luke Kennard and Zaffir Kunial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkGLd1_w-H4

BODY LANGUAGE at BBC TASTER: I was commissioned to write three, short poems about the body for a new interactive poetry idea launched by BBC Arts and BBC Taster.  Also featuring Jane Yeh, Hollie McNish, Elvis McGonagall and Doc Brown, it’s fun and for all ages.  We were interviewed too, either at home or in our place of work.  My dog makes his shaggy screen debut….  http://www.bbc.co.uk/taster/projects/body-language

Transatlantic Poetry, with Dan O’Brien, August 2014 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vFDFbFqIJo

The Poetry Extension March 30th 2017  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uH3K60uXMLA

Reading from Her Birth for Manchester Literature Festival 2013:  www.nacpatients.org.uk/open-the-windows

An extract from my reading for Poets and Players in 2009 can be seen here.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s