Hello! I'm Rebecca Hubbard.
I studied art history and have an MA in Creative and Professional Writing. I have worked as a freelance journalist and a professional gardener, and I draw much inspiration from images, myths, gardens and landscape in my teaching and writing. The Garden of Shadow and Delight is my collection of prose poems on gardens (Cinnamon Press, 2014).
I also worked as a freelance feature writer, contributing to The Guardian, Sunday Times, Sunday Times Magazine, and other titles such as Country Living and Kent Life. Articles spanned food culture, education, travel, craft, reviews and profiles.
I offer inspirational workshops and ongoing creative writing classes, both online and at a variety of venues. I live in a small Hertfordshire village and I love to go walking, wild swimming and practise a silent meditation of the heart.
Rebecca Hubbard observes fragility and change with an incisive eye and a humane heart. Lucid, precise language, fresh imagery and a bitter-sweet sensibility, that is sometimes poignant, sometimes joyful, but never sentimental, leads us through five themes on the garden. Here we find decay and space, shadow and absence, yet also the assurance that it is, ‘Not long till the sap stirred, ... a surge of growth ripping through the wintery cemetery.’
“In this book-length collection of prose-poems that weave a multitude of voices around the theme of the garden Rebecca Hubbard gives a sense of someone being picked up by their material and genuinely surprised by what they find themselves writing - a remarkable find, in its parts and as a whole.”