Poet, playwright, interdisciplinary artist, Artist-in-Residence


Rebecca Sharp is a writer and interdisciplinary artist whose work encompasses poetry, plays and performance; spoken-word, installation, and print; collaborative and participatory projects – stemming from a core belief in the transformative power of creative practice. In 2020 she received a Literature Matters Award from the Royal Society of Literature to write her poetry pamphlet collection Rough Currency (Tapsalteerie), exploring various entanglements with fossil fuels and the oil economy. A preview selection of the poems won 2nd Prize in the CEE’s inaugural Art of Energy Awards 2021. The interactive digital poem THIS was Finalist in the Brush & Lyre Prize for Multimedia Poetry; made in collaboration with Steve Smart, commissioned by StAnza Poetry Festival and Book Week Scotland. Other commissions, funding awards and residencies include work with Playwrights’ Studio Scotland; Stellar Quines Theatre Company; A Play, A Pie & A Pint; Chester Performs; Edge Hill University; METAL Liverpool; Magma Poetry; and An Lanntair. She gained early teaching experience at the University of Glasgow, and continues to lead innovative workshops and participatory projects; independently and in partnership with a wide range of community groups, HE institutions, arts and cultural organisations. She co-runs Souterrain Press, for the occasional production of increasingly niche projects.

Selected publications

Magma Poetry 81, Anthropocene (Oct 2021); commissioned poem ‘Velella velella’. Rough Currency (Tapsalteerie 2021) Notes for a Traveller (Souterrain Press 2021), commissioned by An Lanntair. The Beginners (Souterrain Press 2020) Peripheral Visions (Edge Hill University 2019)