Rebecca Westcott was born in Chester. She went to Exeter University to train as a teacher and has had a variety of teaching jobs that have taken her to some very interesting places, including a Category C male prison.

She started writing a diary when she was eight years old, although she had no idea that one day her entries would be used to help her write a book. Some of the more embarrassing extracts from her childhood and teenage diaries are used as the diary entries in her debut novel, Dandelion Clocks. Her most humiliating memories however, will never see the light of day – unless she runs out of ideas for her next book.

Rebecca currently teaches in a primary school and lives in Dorset with her husband and three children. Dandelion Clocks and Violet Ink were both published by Puffin in 2014, with her third book, Five Things They Never Told Me out on World Book Day, 2015.

Dandelion Clocks

Dandelion Clocks by Rebecca Westcott will be loved by fans of Jacqueline Wilson, Cathy Cassidy or Annabel Pitcher.

Liv takes us on a journey through her life from “Thirteen Weeks Before” to “Six Months After”. We discover Liv’s passion for photography, her brother’s obsession with sticking to the rules, the stupidity of Moronic Louise at school, and how the family copes as Mum’s terminal illness takes hold . . . Guided by Mum’s own childhood diaries, Liv finds a new way to live.

This book is real, funny, utterly touching and absolutely heartwarming. Despite the sadness at the heart of the story, every reader will laugh and keep on turning the pages, charmed by Liv and her mum.

A brilliantly told, ultra modern story about a significant six months in eleven year old Olivia’s life – it should be sold with a large box of tissues!‘ Jacqueline Wilson


Violet Ink

Violet Ink by Rebecca Westcott, author of Dandelion Clocks, is a beautiful and brilliant story of two sisters, which fans of Cathy Cassidy and Jacqueline Wilson will love. Quiet, contemplative Izzy has always adored her charismatic, confident older sister, Alex. But when Alex starts going out with a new boyfriend, everything changes. Izzy isn’t sure she can still trust her sister – but she will never stop loving her. Letters from Alex, written in her distinctive purple pen, keep their relationship alive . . .


Five Things They Never Told Me

Five Things They Never Told Me is story to be felt and not forgotten, from Rebecca Westcott, author ofDandelion Clocks and Violet Ink . . .

It’s a glorious summer and Erin and Martha are both stuck at Oak Hill Home for the Elderly. Misunderstood and feeling ignored, they are equally frustrated by the situation. But as Erin learns to listen to Martha, she discovers some very important lessons about making her own voice heard.

 

I really enjoyed the entire course. I am leaving armed with lots of thoughts and feeling really excited. I feel lucky to have had the opportunity to learn from everyone involved.

- Rebecca Westcott