Rebecca Hurst


Writer and illustrator. Sussex born and bred. PhD from the University of Manchester’s Centre for New Writing.

I write poetry, fiction and opera libretti, and research the Soviet literary fairy tales of Pavel Bazhov. In 2014-15 I was a visiting student on the MA in Opera Making at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, working with the composer Oliver Christophe Leith. Our chamber opera 'Isabella' premiered in London on 8 July 2015, with subsequent performances at the Royal Opera House and the Liszt Academy (Budapest). My fairy tale detective story for the Munich Radio Orchestra, written in collaboration with Stephen Plaice, premiered in March 2016. And my chamber opera, 'After the Fall', written in collaboration with the Icelandic composer Helgi Rafn Ingvarsson, premiered in London in May 2017. I am a founder member of the Voicings Collective, an Arts Council England-funded company dedicated to making exploratory new music theatre. I have an MA in Creative Writing for Personal Development from the University of Sussex. My BA (Russian and History) is from Smith College in Massachusetts.