Rebecca Byfield


Rebecca Byfield

About Rebecca Byfield

Rebecca Byfield is Editor-in-Chief of The Writers' Shack and its associated blogs. She has more than 15 years' experience in journalism and communications. She writes fiction under her alter ego, Riley Banks. Rebecca is available for freelance assignments. For more information, go to http://www.rileybanks.net/newsite/freelance-writer/ Also, check out our Pens for Hire page for a list of freelance writers, editors, translators and more - http://www.rileybanks.net/newsite/pens-for-hire/


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Be on the look out for a substance that causes serious addiction   #167909339 / gettyimages.com   I went forty-one years in the coffee wilderness, never experiencing that all-consuming craving (okay, addiction) that some – namely my husband (who would mainline coffee straight into his veins if he could get over his aversion to […]

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Live like a World Cup Soccer Star 4

What would you buy with a footballer’s salary #451165760 / gettyimages.com The world has gone mad for football, or more precisely, the 2014 FIFA World Cup. With so many highly paid soccer players on centre stage, it’s easy to have a bit of ‘Millionaire Envy’. Real estate company, Lamudi has compiled a […]


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Announcing The Writers’ Shack’s first Read 4 Review book: Mariner’s Hollow by FG Capitanio There’s been quite a few posts about Frank Capitanio and his debut book, Mariner’s Hollow on The Writers’ Shack lately. We’ve interviewed the author to discuss winning the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award; we’ve reviewed Mariner’s Hollow. Now Capitanio […]

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Seeking authors, publishers and book lovers for a brand new read for review program 8

The Writers’ Shack launches Read 4 Review, a brand new initiative for book lovers   You might remember that a month or so ago, we put some feelers out to see if anyone was interested in a Read 4 Review program. Well, the response from both authors and readers was […]


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A parents’ guide to enjoying rather than enduring family holidays   Think of a family holiday and what springs to mind?   Are you picturing theme park hotels, kiddie meals, sandcastles and sunburn, and endless screaming kids? Are you imagining one of those family friendly resorts with the kid’s club […]

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Is Dhara Dhevi the best hotel in the world? 3

Is Dhara Dhevi the best hotel in the world? By Rebecca Byfield     Here’s a question for you. What is your favourite hotel or resort in the world? If somebody said to you today, “I want to give you a holiday – all expenses paid. Just tell me where you […]


Grammar Guide: Then vs than 38

Then and than: Two simple words that can be the difference between getting sex and missing out.

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Spirit of the ANZACs

In memory of those who gave their lives to give us freedom – Lest we forget This is an article I wrote many years ago on Anzac Day – in fact, it was one of the first articles I ever had published as a journalist. Given that today, Australians and […]


The Great Tasmanian Cable Car Debate 4

Should Hobart allow a cable car up Mt Wellington? As a recent arrival to Tasmania (as opposed to a true, generational local), I am quite new to The Great Tasmanian Cable Car Debate – a debate that has been raging for 108 years! I kid you not. For more than a century, […]

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A foodie in USA: Denver

Two Australians on an epic culinary journey across the US: #ASHBURGERZ   A friend of mine has started a new blog on his culinary journey across the States. It’s been a few years since I’ve seen Ash, and I have not had the pleasure of meeting his wife, Lauren, yet. […]