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Ruth Gilchrist

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Contact: sscrivens@outlook.com
Local authority: East Lothian
Languages: English
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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.

In 2018 Ruth was poet in residence for St.Abbs Art exhibition, reading and presenting her own interactive exhibit. Ruth has had her words set to music, commissions from museums, and been recorded for film poems and radio. Ruth’s subjects are many and varied, the immersive way she likes to work becomes apparent in her performance.

Recently Ruth presented a commissioned piece for the Native Oyster conference, hosted by Heriot Watt University, Marine Conservation Scotland, SNH and Glenmorangie. She is currently working on a new pamphlet which explores our connections to the oceans.

Ruth has been published in Scrivens, Snakeskin, Amethyst Review, Southbank Poetry, The Eildon Tree, Southlight, North Words Now and Blue Nib, and in anthologies by North Light Arts, Calderwood press, Writing Mums, Handsel Press, and New Voices Press. Her shared pamphlet The Weather Looks Promising is published by Black Agnes Press.

She can only travel using public transport.

(Photo credit: Peter Gilchrist)

Websites featuring the author

Local authorities can visit

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

Events can deliver

Reading; Residency

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

Age groups published for

Children; Adults

Age groups can work with

9-11; Adults

Audience size

0-10; 11-30; 31-100; 100-500; 500+