We are all on a quest, storyteller and readers together.

    Who does a writer write about? Herself or you?
    What portrait does an artist paint? Is it a self-portrait or a picture of you?

    A book is a doorway and a painting is a window into another world.

    Enter in, be welcome, explore and discover other worlds.




    We all live adventurous lives. We all have secrets to hide. We all have missions and ambitions to fulfil.

    Each of us has a story to tell. Some of us have many stories to share. Each of us loves to hear stories, to be afraid, horrified, shocked, delighted, comforted, pleased and thrilled.

    Stories are lights that we share to guide us through the nights of our days.




    The skill of making stories that can be understood is storycraft.

    I am a passionate storyteller. I paint to explore ideas and feelings. I write to explore connections, conflict and communication. But to communicate, the storyteller must be understood. Then stories create community, and they are shared and loved and challenged in community.

    My passion has led me to develop the skills of my craft over many years, because I want to share these stories. They are for you, not just for me.
    I want to hear from you.




    Storypower is the 'fightback' capacity of a story. A fightback is an act of resistance, or an affirmation of resilience.

    The world changes, opinions alter, truths appear mutable, history is rewritten. The certainties of youth turn out to be false. We were misinformed, mistakes were made by people with good and bad intentions, we ourselves have erred.
    How can we find a way forward? How care for those we love? What gives us hope? Whom do we trust? Where is love?

    Let's tell stories that fight back against cynicism and exploitation. Let's resist anything mean, petty, or unkind.
    Let's believe in equality, generosity and freedom.


  • Cover of The Shaping of Water by Storyteller Ruth Hartley
  • The Shaping of Water

    Read a story of love, loss, hope and the search for identity around the drowned valley of Kariba Dam, Zambia



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  • The Tin Heart Gold Mine

    Adventure with Lara, a successful artist, on a journey of intrigue, love and courage, via central Africa and London.

  • Cover of The Tin Heart Gold Mine by Storyteller Ruth Hartley

Hello, I’m Ruth Hartley

I was born into a quiet world with books for companions, not all of them suitable for a child. My thoughts, imagination and dreams flourished. The books I read told of heroes and warriors. Certain that I was to be both, I gradually discovered that the silent and the unimportant have stories, and so do the fearful who are also brave. Eventually I decided that the stories I want to tell are those of the ordinary people whose lives flavour the earth with salt.

I am a Storyteller

To be a human, to be alive, is to learn and discover. The world is wonderful and shocking. Simply trying to understand the world and myself is work that is tough and creative. Writing and making art help me with my task. So does reading. It is a circle that brings me to want to share my stories and my art.

It may seem counter-intuitive for a writer, but I try to minimise the words I use. Our digitised world is dense with words and coloured images that provoke and anger and manipulate us. In this media jungle my ambition is to write, in elegant prose, common-sense stories that are thought-provoking, relevant, maybe funny, and I hope gripping. I trust my readers’ humanity, intelligence and kindness. So I’m anti-verbiage and pro-significance and I write for you.

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Ruth Hartley