RACHEL ASHCROFT

Freelance Journalist

Edinburgh, UK

I live in Edinburgh and write about books, art, culture and climate change. I have forged a successful career in journalism, writing for a range of international publications including The Week, New Statesman, History Today and more. In 2021, I won the Nico Colchester Prize and spent four months writing about European culture and arts for The Economist. 


I have experience in reporting, interviewing sources, podcasting and editing. Prior to writing full-time, I worked in digital marketing and communications for several years.


I enjoy reading, cooking, gaming and long walks in the Scottish Highlands. I also have a PhD in French and Italian Renaissance literature from Durham University.

Please feel free to get in touch if you have a freelance or full-time writing opportunity.

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WORK

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MONSTERS, MOTHERS, MULIERES: A READING LIST ON THE WOMEN OF CLASSICAL ANTIQUITY

September 2022

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INFLUENCERS AND ANTIQUES? HOW A NEW GENERATION IS TRANSFORMING THE MARKET

August 2022

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IN SCOTLAND, GAELIC IS WRESTLING WITH NEW AND OLD IDENTITIES

June 2022

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WHAT MAKES A GOOD PATRIOT?

April 2022

The Week

AMERICANS ARE BAD AT TALKING ABOUT DEATH, AND IT'S HURTING THE ENVIRONMENT

April 2022

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SECLUDED IN HIS LIBRARY, MONTAIGNE LOOKED INWARDS FOR INSPIRATION

March 2022

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AS THE PANDEMIC RAGED, EUROPE BULLDOZED HISTORIC BUILDINGS

January 2022

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ESPORTS ARE TRYING TO ENCOURAGE MORE WOMEN TO COMPETE

November 2021

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WHAT IS THE "3.5%" RULE BELOVED OF CLIMATE PROTESTERS?

November 2021

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HOW MIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE AFFECT EUROPEAN GASTRONOMY?

November 2021

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THINGS WE'D LOVE TO SEE IN SEASON 2 OF 'THE WITCHER'

August 2021

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FOR MONTAIGNE, VERBAL JOUSTING IS THE ONLY WAY TO REACH TRUTH

September 2020

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IN 14TH-CENTURY FLORENCE, SOME RESIDENTS SOCIALLY DISTANCED WHILE OTHERS HIT THE BARS

August 2020

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HEAVEN AND HELL: A HISTORY OF THE AFTERLIFE

August 2020

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THE PIG IN THE STORM

June 2020

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GET READY FOR THE WOMEN OF 'THE WITCHER'

December 2019

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APOCALYPSE THEN: WHEN THE WORLD DIDN’T END

July 2019

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A 16TH-CENTURY MANUAL ON HOW TO DIE, AND WHAT IT TEACHES US ABOUT LIFE

October 2018

 

SUBSTACK

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Please find a link below to my Substack newsletter "I Drink, Therefore I Am". I write about different philosophers each week and pair them with a glass of wine!

I Drink, Therefore I Am

 

"Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen."

John Steinbeck

 

CONTACT

Edinburgh, UK

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