The Settling Earth, published by Odssey Books. Out now. Longlisted for the Edge Hill Short Story Award 2015
Marriage transplants Sarah thousands of miles from home; a failed love affair forces Phoebe to make drastic choices in a new environment; a sudden, shocking discovery brings Mrs Ellis to reconsider her life as an emigrant - The Settling Earth is a collection of ten, interlinked stories, focusing on the British settler experience in colonial New Zealand, and the settlers' attempts to make sense of life in a strange new land.
Sacrifices, conflict, a growing love for the landscape, a recognition of the succour offered by New Zealand to Maori and settler communities-these are themes explored in the book. The final story in the collection, written by Shelly Davies of the Ngātiwai tribe, adds a Maori perspective to the experience of British settlement in their land.
"It’s the strong sense of place that gives life to these stories." The Book Stop Blog
"Burns deftly captures the time, place, and characters so completely that I felt I had been transported back in time." Goodreads reviewer
Welcome to my website
I am a writer of short stories, around thirty of which have been published in online and print journals. My debut collection of short stories, Catching the Barramundi, was published by Odyssey Books in November 2012, with my second collection, The Settling Earth, being published in December 2014. Both Catching the Barramundi and The Settling Earth were longlisted for the Edge Hill Short Story Award, the UK's only award for short story collections.
My stories have appeared in journals including The London Magazine, Per Contra, Menda City Press, Bartleby Snopes, Foundling Review, The Linnet's Wings, Glasschord, Euonia Review, Halfway Down the Stairs, Words with Jam, and Controlled Burn. Click on the "Sample Stories and Links" tab to see pieces of my work.
I have a Ph.D. in English Literature, focusing on the writing of non-Maori settler women in New Zealand. Many of my stories are set in isolated landscapes, and explore the interconnectedness of the human and surrounding topography.
I am also keen to promote creative writing and sit on the Steering Committee of the Grace Dieu Writers Circle in Leicestershire. Our group hosts annual workshops on a variety of genres; poetry, screenwriting, short stories.
I can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RebeccaBurnsWriter
I can be found on Twitter at @Bekki66