I was born in 1969, the year of Woodstock and the moon landings, and raised in Essex and Dar Es Salaam. I went to York in 1988 to study English Literature and I never left. At University, I met my husband and we now have five children. I have an MA in Literary Theory and Creative Writing from Leeds University.
I recently won the 2017 Emerging Writer Award, a prize which is run by Moniack Mhor Writing Centre in partnership with The Bridge Awards. I was awarded a Jerwood/Arvon Fiction Mentorship in 2015 (in my married name, Ruth Gladwin), as a result of which Ross Raisin (award-winning novelist) worked with me on my first novel, Still. That novel is now completed and I am seeking an agent for it. It was short-listed for the Flash 500 Novel Opening Chapter and Synopsis Competition, and long-listed for the Bridport Peggy Chapman-Andrews First Novel Prize and the Caledonia Novel Award. As part of the Mentorship Scheme, extracts from Still were published in the anthology Whisper The Wrong Name.
In 2002 I was one of York City Council’s Six by Six playwrights. My scripts have been performed by amateurs and workshopped by professionals. My one-act play for child actors, Under The Stars, has had two Youth Theatre productions, the most recent in June 2016.
I am currently working on writing my second novel, the working title of which is Uncle Raymond.