Writer Rachel Yelding's official website


Between graduating with a BA in Creative Writing and Music at Roehampton University and a MA in Screenwriting at the National Film and Television School (NFTS) I took many jobs including pun writer for an online tie shop, receipt sorter at Gravesend train station and work experience with Shed on their comedy drama Sugartown.

Whilst at the NFTS I developed three feature scripts including the steampunk Burton / Mignola / Gaiman inspired gothic horror comedy The Automated Heart (2012 Screenwriting Goldmine Quarter Finalist). Another of my feature scripts, fantasy detective rom-com Paradise, was a 2013 Screenwriting Goldmine Quarter Finalist. The Great White Hunter, a short story set in the same world as Paradise, has been performed at The Horse Hospital as part of Three Pegs Productions' 2014 Pegs Off! showcase. I'm currently developing my first feature script for production.

At the NFTS I wrote three short films; Valerie and Gemma (directed by me), Far Removed (directed by Jamie Stone, now the music video for Amber Run's 2014 single Spark) and the award winning animation Rail (directed by Jack Tilley). I have also written the comedy television monologue It Always Comes Back to Heath Ledger (directed by Aniello De Santi) and High Spirits, a short play performed at the Soho Theatre in 2010.

My short graphic stories are published in The Strumpet volumes 3, 4 and soon 5 and my first short story, I'd Lock it with a Zipper, is published in Hic Dragones' anthology Impossible Spaces. I revisited comedy (but this time without the ties) when I wrote for ZuboxTV.

I'm currently working on my first full length graphic novel Deeper and Deeper as well as continuing my work with film.

My dreams for the future are: to win a BAFTA and an Eisner and to be one of the few female Batman graphic novel writers!

My writing heroes are:

  • Woody Allen
  • Wes Anderson
  • Lewis Carroll
  • Raymond Chandler
  • Paul Dini
  • Neil Gaiman
  • John Hughes
  • Tove Jansson
  • Jeph Loeb
  • Mike Mignola
  • Hayao Miyazaki
  • Terry Pratchett
  • Guillermo del Toro

My favourite graphic novels are:

  • Wet Moon by Sophie Campbell
  • Emiko Superstar by Mariko Tamaki and Steve Rolston
  • Bee and Puppycat by Natasha Allegri
  • The Long Halloween & Dark Victory by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale
  • Scarecrow Year One by Bruce Jones and Sean Murphy
  • Joker's Asylum 1 & 2 (various)
  • When is a Door by Neil Gaiman and Bernie Mireault
  • The Devil's Trumpet by Archie Goodwin and Jose Munoz
  • Paul Dini's Batman detective stories