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. Rebecca is passionate about the connections between the mind and the natural world and has written widely about the role of the environment in the creative imagination. It has been Rebecca’s lifelong ambition to become a published novelist and she has been writing novels since she was fourteen years old. She is currently working on her debut novel Violet and Crimson, for which she was shortlisted for the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize at the University of Cambridge in 2015. The story, set in 1921, depicts the psychological genesis of Virginia Woolf’s novel Jacob’s Room.
Rebecca lives in the Exmoor National Park with her partner and children. Her voluntary work includes being a Trustee of Richard Jefferies’ birthplace and museum in Wiltshire. She is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Liverpool.