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 won the 2017 Emerging Writer Award, a prize run by Moniack Mhor Writing Centre in partnership with The Bridge Awards. Support from this award helped me to complete my second novel, Uncle Raymond, this summer (2018). It has already been long-listed for the Words With Jam First Page competition.
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 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.