About Rachel

Rachel Cochrane writer

To Rachel, creativity is a way of thinking.

Creatively solving problems by looking at life differently is, she thinks, as valuable to today’s society as producing a piece of art.

Having originally trained as a pharmacist for 20 years, Rachel realised that she needed to release her creative tension!  Soon after the Millennium she changed careers, initially becoming a full-time writer.

Rachel loves local history and living in the North of England and this is reflected in her writing and creative projects. Her own writing is mostly drama in the form of online radio plays, films & stage plays. As a word, audio and visual artist, Rachel has recently been involved in several exhibitions, both solo and collaboratively.

As well as being a keen writer herself, she is an avid supporter of other new and established writers, through workshops, writing retreats and recording of their work.

Rachel recognised how powerful the advent of digital media & technology could be in enabling her and other writers to reach new audiences. That led to setting up spoken word website listenupnorth.com in 2010, recording her own and other writers’ work, as well as oral history, from around the region. She has also developed a wealth of experience in directing and producing for audio and stage.

Rachel is also an innovator – using her wealth of creative experience to help organisations find new ways to engage people through bespoke cultural and heritage projects.

Get your words out with Rachel through writing, real stories, audio recording and creative projects

Audio Fans

For over a decade, Rachel has recorded a rich collection of audio recordings from her own work and other Northern writers

Enjoy drama, short stories, poetry and interviews including content from local projects.

Audio recordings of real voices and real people’s experiences, memories, accounts and creative writing.


Rachel has designed and delivered bespoke creative writing and storytelling projects on creative and heritage projects, engaging the public with inspirational activities related to a theme, location or event.

She has also worked on existing cultural projects, either solo or collaboratively with other artists.

Many projects have included audio recording of creative work, real stories and oral history, thereby giving the project a longer lasting legacy.


Rachel has run inspirational themed writing workshops for writers of all levels and for writers’ groups

Writers have found find time and space to be creative at one of Rachel’s writers’ retreats.

Many have recorded their creative writing or their real stories and memories with Rachel’s audio recording service.

Get your words out with Rachel Cochrane!

Catcleugh Reservoir RedesdaleRachel Cochrane

Amid the Hills of Redesdale

A radio play inspired by the building of a reservoir
Fallopian Tube miscroscopy with H&E stainRachel Cochrane

Women a Cartography: a multimedia exhibition

A collaborative multimedia exhibition of womanhood
sausage rolls

A Good Do: A Monologue by Sylvia Lumley

Who's bringing the sausage rolls?
Women at the Polling Station Image: Sophie Teasdale Von Fox Productions

Hear My Voice: Votes for Women

Workshops and exhibition in Bishop Auckland
Wolsingham Primary School logo
Recording with Y3 pupils Wolsingham Primary School

We are Weardale: Wolsingham Primary School Year 3

Year 3 pupils on living in Weardale
St John's Chapel PS at The Luncheon Club
Recording a past pupil of St John's Chapel
St John's Chapel School
Recording with pupils St John's Chapel PS

We are Weardale: Pupils of St John's Chapel Primary School

Celebrate 140 years of their school
pen writing

Sunderland Literature and Creative Writing Festival 2016

Rachel's workshops for schools and adults
Hadrian's Wall

Segedunum: Centurions & Frontiers

A Culture Bites @ North Tyneside podcast

Graphiti: for people who want to have fun!

Have fun with our bite-size activity book!

North Pens Writers Podcast: The Dance

Short stories and poetry from Weardale.

The Somme: Remembrance and Expression: a collaborative exhibition

The life and death of composer George Butterworth

Shades of Seville: a solo exhibition

Images and text from this ancient city
St Marys Lighthouse

Culture Bites @ North Tyneside Podcast project

Showcase the culture and venues of North Tyneside through audio recording
North Pens Writers Grouplistenupnorth

Recording the North Pens Writers

Giving a voice to writers and their work
Limbo event

Limbo - a collaborative exhibition

Exploring Blaydon Burn

Crossing the Tees Book Festival: Bouncing Back

Poetry & prose on the theme of The Tees Valley

Crossing the Tees Festival - Breaking Boundaries

Creative writing and producing podcasts
The Undercroft, Live Theatre

Underwriters' Project, Live Theatre

Monologues from The Underwriters Project
Empty bench in park

Benchmark Writing Competition

A writing competition inspired by benches
Nissan, Sunderland

The Easington Writers - Coastline Podcast

Inspired by the County Durham coastline
Room to Write short story competition presentationlistenupnorth

'Room to Write' short story competition

Charting involvement with this prestigious competition
Room to Write short story competition presentationlistenupnorth

Room to Write winners' presentation evening podcast

A podcast of interviews recorded at the Awards event
Spanish City Dome

Celebration of the Spanish City Centenary

Recordings from North East writers

Interviews at Newcastle Winter Book Festival

Recorded interviews with three of the most prominent authors 2011

'To Freedom's Cause' Votes for Women

Interview in the Houses of Parliament about Kate Willoughby's play

Hartley Pit Disaster 1862

Audio recordings of poetry to commemorate the disaster


Spoken word website designed and managed by Rachel Cochrane

Helix Arts Creative Progression

Recording writing of people who have suffered homelessness
Benchmark bench on the lawn

Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge

Creative Writing Competition to mark a centenary occasion

Coronation Memories Oral History

A wonderful oral history resource for present & future generations

Emily Inspires! Creative Writing Project

National writing competition and creative writing workshops

Recording in the Houses of Parliament

Recording podcast at Houses of Parliament, Votes for Women