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Ms Rebecca Smith 

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Ms Rebecca Smith is a Teaching Fellow in English at the University of Southampton.

My first three novels are published by Bloomsbury. The Bluebird Cafe (2001) and Happy Birthday and All That (2003) are set in Southampton, whilst A Bit of Earth (2006) takes the botanical garden of a redbrick university as a backdrop. My first novel for children, Shadow Eyes, is a story of big cats wild in Scotland. It was shortlisted for The 2012 Kelpies Prize.

From autumn 2009 until summer 2010, I was the Writer in Residence at Jane Austen’s House Museum in Chawton, Hampshire. I continue to work closely with the Museum. My first work of non-fiction, Jane Austen’s Guide to Modern Life’s Dilemmas, is published by Ivy Press in the UK and Tarcher Penguin in North America.

I studied History at The University of Southampton. I now teach the undergraduate modules, in creative writing, and the MA module, Writing for Children and Young People. I am also supervising several creative writing PhD projects.

In 2001 I was given a Southern Arts Award to support the writing of my second novel. I won The Royal Literary Fund's J B Priestley Award of £10,000 in 2003. In 2007 I was awarded another Arts Council England grant, this time to support the writing of my fourth novel.

I am a member of The Society of Authors and The National Association of Writers in Education.

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I teach creative writing and am currently working on my fifth novel. I welcome proposals for PhDs based on fiction or creative non-fiction for adults or children.

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Ms Rebecca Smith
Faculty of Arts and Humanities University of Southampton Avenue Campus Highfield Southampton SO17 1BF United Kingdom

Room Number:65/2042

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