is a British artist, writer and curator who is internationally known for her books, multi-media projects and artworks that examine place, memory and identity. She currently combines writing and research with a post as Reader in the English and History Departments of Manchester Met University.
Her latest project involves deep research into Jewish settlement in East London and the Caribbean. Her publications include: Estuary: Out from London to the Sea (Hamish Hamilton, 2016) which was longlisted for the Gordon Burns Prize. Diamond Street: The Hidden World of Hatton Garden (Hamish Hamilton, 2012) and On Brick Lane (Hamish Hamilton, 2007), which was shortlisted for the Ondaatje prize. Her first book, Rodinsky’s Room (1999, co-written with Iain Sinclair), began as a personal quest and evolved into a compelling psycho-geographical detective story. Now considered a classic of its genre, it has been translated into five languages. Rachel is also the author of A Little Dust Whispered, Keeping Pace: Older Women of the East End and Rodinsky’s Whitechapel. Lichtenstein trained as a sculptor and her artwork has been widely exhibited both in the UK and internationally. Venues include Whitechapel Gallery, British Library, Barbican Art Gallery, Woodstreet Galleries (Pittsburgh) & the Jerusalem Theatre (Israel).
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