Rachel Burns completed a screenwriting talent scheme with Northern Film and Media. She trained as a playwright with Live Theatre. Her plays appeared regularly at Live’s Shortcut events. Her plays have been longlisted in several playwriting competitions, including Verity Bargate and Papatango. Her screenplays were longlisted for full read through in recent BBC Script Rooms 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019. She has been invited to several BBC Writersroom events. She is an alumnus of the 2018 Jerwood/Arvon Mentoring Programme, mentored by Tim Crouch and completed two darkly comic plays. Her play The Graffiti Bunkers was showcased at The Free Word Centre, directed by Cara Withers, performed by Christopher Brown and Jeremy Franklin, and published in the Arvon/Jerwood anthology in June 2018. She is also a poet and has several poems published in literary magazines and anthologised. A poetry pamphlet is published by Vane Women Press. Her short stories are published in Mslexia and Here Comes Everyone. Her Young Adult Novel, Cornflake Girl has been selected for the first-ever TLC/A.M Heath anthology. She was invited to take part in the Summer Talent Salon, London by Moth Publishing and New Writing North. Her plays and poetry address an imbalance of power in society, and her YA novel also addresses similar issues. She is an award-winning volunteer with a prisoners’ charity; a writing mentor for Live Tales, Live Theatre; and a patient insight member for Arthritis Research UK.