About this tale

‘The words fell in strange and awkward shapes;
they fell on me and into me,
and I was surprised how soothing they were.’

from ‘What the Light Hides

by Mette Jakobsen

Twenty-one words is a blog about books and birds and words.

Mostly, it’s about other people’s words and how I’ve responded to them: what other people have written, how their words make me feel, what they make me think. Words can make us laugh, cry, think, hope, dream, rage. But they have no meaning unless they are shared.

Whatever words I share here, I share because they mean something to me. I would love to hear from you if they mean something to you, too.

(Psssst … ! You can also find more pictures from me, with much shorter accompanying tales, here).

But wait …

What about the birds?

I began this blog in 2014, creating it as a space to talk about and share the things I love in the world around me. My first posts were twenty-one words long or less (hence the blog’s title, Twenty-one words). And they were often about birds, the beach and the bush (hence the blog’s subtitle, Tales from the birdgirl).

But blogs change and grow and evolve. Perhaps my focus will change again one day. In the meantime, feel free to go back and read the posts I wrote before June 2016. I hope you will enjoy reading them as much as I enjoyed writing them.

In the meantime …


You’ll find three main types of posts here these days, loosely collected together in three series. Click on the links below to find out about each of these series:

Other People’s Words About …

Snatched Phrases

Out and About

Chasing Clouds

11 thoughts on “About this tale

  1. youngandtwenty

    Your blog seems so ‘cute and cozy’ style. Had a great scroll through, looking forward to read more! Young adults and twenty somethings have some similar but different outlooks on life.

  2. Very interesting, twenty-one word posts would be a good discipline – one that I would probably fail at I’m sure! Do you think it takes less time to write such short posts, or do you find yourself putting in more effort, ensuring you have exactly the right words?

    1. Thanks for your interest :). I think it probably takes more time to write shorter posts, because I think really hard about what I’m going to say, even now that I’ve increased my word limit from 21 words to 101.

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  5. danielletoubia

    Hi Rebecca,
    I am currently teaching your book, Leaving Jetty Road to some Year 10 students at an all girls school in Adelaide. Would you ever consider coming in for a visit and answering a few questions about the book in the near future?

    Kind Regards,

    1. Hi Danielle, I would be very honoured to do that. It thrills me that my book is still in circulation out there somewhere:). Do you have some way for me to contact you outside of wordpress? I’m not on Facebook or any other kind of social media, but if you hop on over to my website, http://www.rebecca-burton.com, and go to the ‘Contact’ page, you will find an email address to contact me on, and we can organise things from there. (I try not to give out contact details on this blog.)
      Please note that I’ll be away on holiday until about 14 May, and during that time, I’ll be on ‘digital detox’, so I won’t get your email until I get back. But I promise to reply after that date if you’re still keen.
      Rebecca x

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