Rebecca Welshman is a freelance writer, editor, and researcher. She completed her Doctorate in English at the University of Exeter in 2013 with a thesis titled ‘Imagining Archaeology: Nature and Landscape in the Late Nineteenth Century’. Rebecca’s published works include articles, essays, and book chapters about the Victorian nature writer Richard Jefferies, Thomas Hardy, D.H. Lawrence, and Virginia Woolf. Her latest publication is an essay about islands and the craft of fiction writing, in the online magazine The Island Review. Rebecca is passionate about the connections between the mind and the natural world, and recently wrote the foreword for A Blackbird’s Year: Mind in Nature, by Miles Richardson. It has been Rebecca’s lifelong ambition to become a published novelist. She sees fiction as an essential part of the modern world – an art form that readers can become lost in, learn from, and be inspired by. Rebecca has been writing novels since she was fourteen years old and has two complete manuscripts, as well as a number of other stories in various stages of completion.
Rebecca lives in the Exmoor National Park with her partner and children. Her voluntary work includes being a Trustee of a Wiltshire literary museum, Editorial Assistant for the Thomas Hardy Society, and Administrator for a West Country Writers’ group. She is an Honorary Fellow of a research centre for reading at the University of Liverpool.