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Born in Africa, Ruth has lived in many beautiful places but it was becoming a parent that made her write. Fortunately, as her children have grown so has her writing success. Winning the Tyne and Esk title Writer of the Year in 2015 with The Rift was just the beginning.
Ruth has worked as poet in residence. fulfilled commission for museum and marine conservation projects. She has been recorded for radio, film and podcast. Her subjects are many and varied.
Recently Ruth has had success with flash fiction, winning The Federation of Writers Scotland award for flash fiction 2020 with Nereid.
Ruth is published in various online and print magazine and anthology. Her first collection Bird Brained, a bird count in poems, is published by Black Agnes Press.
Ruth is an experienced workshop leader, most recently facilitating workshops for The Scottish Poetry Library, and East Lothian Library services. She is also a Lead reader with the Open Book charity.
She prefers to travel using public transport but is happy to work remotely.
Aberdeen City; Aberdeenshire; Angus; Argyll and Bute; Clackmannanshire; Dumfries and Galloway; Dundee; East Ayrshire; East Dunbartonshire; East Lothian; East Renfrewshire; Edinburgh City; Falkirk; Fife; Glasgow City; Highland; Inverclyde; Midlothian; Moray; Na h-Eileanan Siar (Western Isles); North Ayrshire; North Lanarkshire; Orkney Islands; Perth and Kinross; Renfrewshire; Scottish Borders; Shetland; South Ayrshire; South Lanarkshire; Stirling; West Dunbartonshire; West Lothian
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Topics of work
Adventure; Ageing; Animals; Biography & memoir; Childhood; Coasts, seas & oceans; Death, grief & bereavement; Emigration & immigration; Environment & climate; Family; Health including mental health & wellbeing; Historical fiction; History; Loneliness & isolation; Love & romance; Nature; Science; Travel writing; Vehicles