Rebecca Hurst is a doctoral student at the University of Manchester’s Centre for New Writing, where she is writing a collection of poetry and researching Soviet literary fairy tales.
As well as writing fiction, poetry, and libretti, Rebecca is an illustrator whose work often combines words and images. Her writing has appeared in Agenda, The Wild Hunt, Magma Poetry, The Next Review, The Golden Key, and Cricket Magazine. With the composer Oliver Christophe Leith, Rebecca wrote the libretto for Isabella, a chamber opera which premiered in 2015 in London and toured to Budapest in January 2016. Tatort: Märchenland, a fairytale detective narrative based on Ravel's 'Mother Goose Suite' and written in collaboration with Stephen Plaice, was performed by the Munich Radio Orchestra in March 2016. Her new opera, After the Fall, written in collaboration with Helgi Rafn Ingvarsson and Euphonia Opera, premiered in London in May 2017. Rebecca is a founder member of the Voicings Collective, an Arts Council England-funded company dedicated to making exploratory new music theatre.