About Rachel

Rachel Cochrane writerRachel loves local history and living in the North East 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. Ideas are triggered by seemingly ordinary occurrences in Rachel’s life that suggest possibilities. As a word and visual artist, Rachel has recently been involved in several exhibitions, both solo and collaboratively.

To Rachel, creativity is a way of thinking.  Creatively solving problems by looking at life differently, she thinks, is 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 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 – finding new ways to help people and organisations engage new audiences through bespoke creative projects.

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


Rachel has a wealth of experience as a writer; she has also developed and delivered a variety of cultural projects with numerous partners.

Work with Rachel to reach new audiences and participants with your creative and heritage projects.

Rachel can also design and deliver a bespoke creative writing and storytelling project to engage the public with your theme, location or event.

Give your project a lasting legacy through her quality audio recordings of creative writing, personal accounts and memories.

Audio Fans

Listen to our rich collection of audio recordings from Rachel 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.

Listenupnorth is also available on iTunes and Android apps: Podcast Republic, Podcast Addict and Stitcher.


Through the Get Writing! service you can find the inspiration, the know-how and the opportunities to participate in creative writing.

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

You can also find time to be creative at one of Rachel’s writers’ retreats.

Record your creative writing or your 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 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 Group

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

'Nissan: 30 Years on' The Influence of Japan on life in the North East

The Influence of Nissan on North East Industry

The Easington Writers - Coastline Podcast

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

'Room to Write' short story competition

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

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

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

Meet our treasured team

Audio podcasts to record the views of care home staff

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