Rebecca Rijsdijk is the author of several poetry collections. She started writing stories when she was just a little girl as a way to have grand adventures. After graduating from high school she signed up to study written media at the Academy of Journalism in Tilburg.

A brain aneurysm put an end to her journalistic aspirations, however, and words became intertwined with trauma for a while. It wasn’t until she completed her degree in design years later, that words started playing a more prominent part in her life again.

Rebecca published Portraits of Girls in 2016, not quite knowing what she was actually doing until her friends pointed it out. They understood the poetic nature of her work and recognized reoccurring themes such as love, loss, trauma and dealing with mental health issues. The Lady from across the Sea was published in 2019. Rebecca published her third book ‘You were married when I met you’ in 2020 as a way to come to find closure for the ending of an abusive relationship.

Besides writing poetry, Rebecca works in healthcare and runs a small poetry press called Sunday Mornings at the River.