Rebecca Butterworth

Rebecca Butterworth

'Kick a bush around here and a Whitehead comes out.'

     - Policeman rescuing Grandma and me.

I'm a freelance writer and journalist living in Melbourne, Australia. I write about people, mainly.
 
I've been in Melbourne for 15 years, but I was born in the High Country, between Corryong and Khancoban. My maiden name's Whitehead. And, like that nice police sergeant indicated when he rescued my 93-year-old Grandma and me, after we broke down on the Murray Valley Highway on a 42 degree day with no water, everyone knows a Whitehead, up there.
 
I particularly love creative nonfiction. That means that I write factually, but focus on telling a good story rather than putting the most important facts at the top, as they do in news articles.
 
I've written for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, The Sunday Age, The Big Issue, Women's Health Magazine Australia, Run 4 Your Life Magazine, Filmink Magazine & Blog, and other places.
 
I was recently awarded a Hot Desk Fellowship by The Wheeler Centre in Melbourne , as well as a grant from the Melbourne UNESCO City of Literature Travel Fund , to work on my current project about country people and city people, with a focus on rural suicide.