About the researcher

Rebecca is embedded in the Cornish poetry community; her poetry has been highly commended in The Poetry Business 2021 International Book & Pamphlet Competition and published in the magazines The North, Tears in the Fence and Raceme. Her poetry film ‘After Laying Out Your Body’ was selected for The Hypatia Trusts 2023 Women in Word Festival, and she performed at Dark Kernows inaugural 2024 Voices on the Edge event. She is currently editing a verse memoir about the death of her partner as well as working on a practice-based research project in the fields of creative writing and death studies. 

Research interests

  • Poetry 
  • Death & Grief Studies 


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PhD abstract

Thesis title

Love in the Deadly Silence: making meaning out of grieving through creative writing 


Drawing on my lived experience of bereavement this practice-based research project seeks to question contemporary secular UK mores about death and grieving through and alongside a creative account of my personal story; it will foreground the autobiographic and autoethnographic as methodological approaches to illuminate this relationship between individual mourning and the wider cultural landscape of death and grief. I will be exploring the effects of bereavement on identity, the concept of home, and the idea of meaning in life by spending time outside on the moor around my house; this embodied practice in place where place interacts with grief will provide the impetus for a hybrid body of creative work comprising of poetry and prose memoir. The project sits in the context of personal accounts of grieving by writers such as Joan Didion and Sharon Olds, nature-place writers such as Mary Oliver and Gary Snyder, and other non-academic and academic voices speaking about place, death and grief. 


Year Qualification Awarding body
2020 MA Creative Writing (distinction)  Bath Spa University
1989 BA Philosophy & Literature 2:1  The University of Warwick