Rebecca Butterworth

Rebecca Butterworth

Freelance journalist and writer.

I write journalistic feature articles for newspapers & magazines. I am writing a book about the country & the city, and why so many country people die by suicide.
I'm writing for the UNESCO Melbourne City of Literature, & the Wheeler Centre Melbourne! More details below...

The Lay of the Land
by Rebecca Butterworth

The world's No. 1 female harness racing driver is an Australian you've probably never heard of
by Rebecca Butterworth

I'M STANDING in a concrete pit, up to my elbows in manure, staring at the backsides of 28 dairy cows, most of which are trying to kick me in the face. My husband, who recently resigned from his city office job, sprays a row of cows' teats with iodine and strides off in his plastic apron and gumboots to muster the muscle-ripped Jersey bull from the wrong paddock.
Kerryn Manning shot to prominence by winning one of the biggest harness races in the world. That was nearly 20 years ago and she's still winning.
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Pot Luck
by Rebecca Butterworth

Big, Strong & Vegetarian
by Rebecca Butterworth

Within an hour of taking a couple of drops of cannabis oil in a cup of tea, Natalie Daley, 32, feels relief. “It helps me sleep. It stops the vomiting. It feels nice and I can function.” Natalie has adrenal cortical carcinoma — a rare, aggressive and likely terminal cancer. When she was first diagnosed, chemotherapy nausea kept her on the couch for weeks at a time, unable to play with her four young children or
even cook a meal. After a friend suggested she try cannabis oil to help relieve her symptoms, she found some on the black market.
“It’s inau­ga­ra­tion day in the US, 2001. It’s cold and wet. The pho­to­graph shows Noah Han­ni­bal, a young Aus­tralian, wear­ing noth­ing but box­ers, flanked by dozens of Amer­i­can po­lice of­fi­cers in full ri­ot gear, be­ing led away from Presi­dent Bush and his wife. Han­ni­bal got three steps from Lau­ra Bush be­fore the Se­cret Ser­vice buried him.
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What's new:
Recent features, news and projects.
I have been awarded a 2015 Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowship!
 
Thanks to the Wheeler Centre and the Readings Foundation, I will be working amongst a company of 20 other writers at the Centre for 3 months this year.
 
The Wheeler Centre offer twenty writers Hot Desk fellowships in 2015. My fellowship will run between July -- September. I will be working on my  project writing about the rural-metropolitan divide, with a focus on rural suicide.
 
The fellowships, which offer a $1000 stipend and workspace in the Wheeler Centre over a ten-week period, have been created simply to give you the space to write. Hot Desk fellows will also be given in-kind support from the Wheeler Centre’s resident organisations.
I can now announce that I've won a Melbourne City of Literature Travel Fund grant for this  project!
 
Suicide outstrips homicide as a cause of death. Twice as many rural people die by suicide than those from cities.
The world's No. 1 female harness racing driver is an Australian you've probably never heard of
 
By Rebecca Butterworth
 
Kerryn Manning shot to prominence by winning one of the biggest harness races in the world. That was nearly 20 years ago and she's still winning.
 
Are country people that different from city people? Are country people dying because they aren't afforded the same services as city people?
 
I'm travelling around Australia to find out. Check out the  blog .
 
I will be talking to people who have been affected by suicide in rural and regional areas, and tell the stories of those whose lives have been lost.
 
Look here at the other grant recipients!
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