Dear Reader,

Thank you for being here! This is me in thirty words:

I'm Rebecca, 48, from the UK, with considerable expertise in getting lost - even on my way back from the bar. Married, type 1 diabetic. Avid walker, tall for a girl.

In my weekly Saturday letters you’ll find out more about me and my love for words and walking, my unfailing ability to get lost anywhere, my passion for organising my life using just a notebook, and the journey I’m going to be on one day to write the book I’ve always needed to read.

Not every letter I write is about getting lost:

  • Started in January 2023, each ‘Art & Treasures’ post published on the last Saturday of the month explores something special to me, both in words here on Substack and on the pages of my altered-book art journal. I’m enjoying creating art for this series, and I hope you’ll like it too.

  • I am in regular, informal correspondence with Substacker and fellow Brit Terry Freedman, in which we explore all sorts of everyday aspects of life – including the things that Brits complain talk about the most! So that you can explore these clichés for yourself we invite you to read over our shoulders. We write to each other on alternate Wednesdays, and you can find our letters in the  ‘Letters to Terry’ section.

Other subjects I love to write about are the disadvantages of being far too tall, the fun and games involved in assisting my photographer husband on location shoots and the occasional mention of my decades-long experience living with type 1 diabetes.

This adds up to a total of six or seven posts a month, which I hope lands on the right side of overwhelm for both writer and reader alike.

Although you won’t find me on Substack Notes, I’m always keen to engage with readers in the Comments section of my posts. Let’s get to know each other that way!

Happy hiker on the South Downs Way. Here I’m at The Devil’s Jumps - so I do know where I am sometimes. The Devil's Jumps are a group of five large bell barrows situated on the South Downs 1.2km south-east of Treyford in West Sussex, southern England. That little wire leading to the gadget on my rucksack strap? That’s the hosepipe for my insulin pump. Reader, I do have hair - but in this picture it’s shy.

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Rebecca Holden

A writer navigating the world with absolutely no sense of direction.