Rachel Andrews is a writer and cultural critic based in Cork City, Ireland.
She recently completed a long essay exploring the demolition of the Maze/Long Kesh prison in Northern Ireland, which was selected by the Irish Architecture Foundation as part of the Irish entry, the Lives of Spaces for the Venice Biennale of Architecture 2008. (An edited version of the piece is published in the Dublin Review.) She is also working on a long essay ‘Peripheries’ examining the social consequences of the large housing projects in Paris, France. A new short piece on the Airplane Hedge Sculpture at Cork Airport was recently published in Tik Toc magazine. (Listen to audio version of written piece here) In 2008, she was selected as Writer-in-Residence with the Arttrail visual arts festival, Cork. (Read written response here). She is a cultural critic for national publications including The Sunday Business Post , The Independent , The Dublin Review of Books and Irish Theatre Magazine and has worked on publications with the Crawford Art Gallery, Triskel Arts Centre , and Gandon Publications in Cork. She is a regular contributor to RTE radio and has contributed to BBC Radio 4. She lectures in Literature and Journalism at University College Cork and Griffith College Cork. She is a Critic Fellow of the O’Neill Theater Center, Connecticut (2005) and a graduate of the Paris-based Journalistes En Europe programme (2002), during which time she researched and wrote about the position of arts and culture in post-war Serbia. She is the recipient of several Arts Council of Ireland awards and a Metro Eireann award for writing on immigration issues. In 2005, she was shortlisted for a Fulbright Award.