Re­becca re­leases her de­but fan­tasy novel

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AN Edge Hill Univer­sity alumna and pri­mary school teacher has pub­lished her de­but young adult fan­tasy novel.

Re­becca Seaton, 44, has re­leased A Silent Song, a story part-in­spired by her ex­pe­ri­ences while train­ing to be­come a teacher.

Orig­i­nally from Berk­shire, Re­becca grad­u­ated from Edge Hill in 1997 with a de­gree in English Lan­guage and Lit­er­a­ture.

Fol­low­ing her stud­ies at Edge Hill, Re­becca moved to Wales and em­barked on a PGCE course, where she faced hav­ing to adapt to learn­ing and teach­ing in Welsh.

This ex­pe­ri­ence part-in­spired

A Silent Song, which ex­plores themes around cul­tural bar­ri­ers and com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

The novel fol­lows the story of a young girl called Els, who is born mute and is sub­se­quently ban­ished from her vil­lage, where the abil­ity to sing is cru­cial. Un­be­knownst to her com­mu­nity, Els is gifted with mag­i­cal pow­ers and em­barks on a jour­ney to a new land in a mis­sion to rid the world of an an­cient evil.

Re­becca said: “When I first came to Univer­sity, I re­mem­ber feel­ing quite ner­vous to move some­where new and Edge Hill re­ally helped me to come out of my­self and build up my con­fi­dence to meet lots of dif­fer­ent types of peo­ple, which is re­ally key to be­ing a good sto­ry­writer.

“Then when I moved to Swansea, that was a com­pletely new and dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence again, hav­ing to adapt to a for­eign lan­guage and the chal­lenges it brought.

“Part of the novel was in­spired from this time, when I moved to Wales, and the sense of be­ing a stranger in a place.”

Re­becca now lives in Da­gen­ham, Es­sex, and has been a pri­mary teacher for 22 years.

Af­ter se­cur­ing a place as a fi­nal­ist in a lo­cal writer’s com­pe­ti­tion, Re­becca was awarded six months of men­tor­ing to al­low her to com­plete her novel, while con­tin­u­ing to teach full time.

Her ad­vice to other as­pir­ing writ­ers is to make the most of the op­por­tu­ni­ties that present them­selves.

She said: “Aim high and be per­sis­tent. As a writer, it’s im­por­tant to be re­silient and open to feed­back be­cause the re­jec­tions that you might come across along the way are ac­tu­ally valu­able learn­ing curves.

“Be open to join­ing writ­ing groups and don’t be afraid of mix­ing with dif­fer­ent types of writ­ers, you can learn a lot from other peo­ple and their ex­pe­ri­ences.”

Edge Hill Univer­sity

For­mer Edge Hill stu­dent, Re­becca Seaton

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