Rebecca writes poetry under BECCI LOUISE. In addition to her poetry books, she also performs her poetry and offers poetry workshops. You can find out more about the workshops she offers on her Workshops and School Visits page.

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Octopus Medicine

ISBN - 978-1-909747-30-2

An octopus who dreams of stars, a self-important fisherman who gets what’s coming to him, and a misunderstood monster, Octopus Medicine is an invitation to adventure for the misfits, the lonely, the outsiders. These three verse stories call us down into another world–the world of the octopus–where days are dark, everything is out to eat you and nothing is really what it seems.


Written for young and old alike, this is a collection to be read at bedtime, to be acted out on playgrounds, to be shared with grandparents. In its mysterious way, the octopus has much to teach us.

“…Becci’s poetry is beautiful, heartbreaking, delicate and powerful at the same time, if I could bottle it I would, it would be the most magical potion ever…” ~ Laurie Bolger

“This book’s gift is its ability to reflect us back at ourselves; in its carefully crafted poems we can see our insecurities and our beauties. Moreover, by inviting us to read it together or alone, or both, it  celebrates those things that make us different and heals the divisions between us ? it is a truly remarkable debut.” ~ Claire Dyer

“These lyrical legends propel you into the depths of forgotten fantasies. They whirl you around your own imagination before spitting you out, soaked with stories worth sharing. With masterful poise Becci conjures the perfect mix of spellbinding images, epic narratives and violent verse. The result is electric. This book is for the bullies and the bullied. A must read for misfits. An oceanic adventure for the poetically inclined.” ~ Sara Hirsch

Rebecca and Octopus Medicine are also part of a project in Portsmouth, UK, about our relationship with the sea. Learn more about the project here.