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Ruth Thomas

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Contact: rst@makespan.co.uk
Other contact method: You can also contact me through https://sandstonepress.com/ or https://www.rcwlitagency.com/
Local authority: Edinburgh City
Languages: English
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I am a novelist and short story writer and also work as a Reading Round lector and Advisory Fellow for The Royal Literary Fund. I have lectured in Creative Writing at the University of St Andrews and mentored for Scottish Book Trust. I have also run workshops for the Arvon Foundation, Moniack Mhor and the Faber Academy, and read at festivals including the Edinburgh International Book Festival. As a reader I enjoy bittersweet and tragi-comic elements within fiction (eg, writers inc. Nora Ephron, Lorrie Moore, Jane Gardam, Kevin Barry), and in my own work I’m drawn to themes of friendship, loneliness and the plight of the individual within society. My latest novel, “The Snow and the Works on the Northern Line” was published by Sandstone in January 2021 and has been called a ‘modern-day Barbara Pym’ by Nina Stibbe and described as ‘subtle, wry and intimate’ in The Times. It was also Book at Bedtime on BBC R4.


Author photo by Russell Leven


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

Mentoring; Panel event; Reading; Residency; Talk; Workshop

Audience can work with

Adult learners; Intergenerational learning; Young people in the community (e.g. Youth clubs, Guides, Scouts)

Topics of work

Adolescence; Childhood; Class & society; Comedy, humour & funny books; Contemporary fiction; Death, grief & bereavement; Editing & editing your own work; Family; Friendship; Loneliness & isolation; Love & romance

Age groups published for


Age groups can work with

15-18; 18+

Audience size

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