Book clubs and choices, likes and dislikes, readers and reviewers

Ruth HartleyBooks, Reading, Reviews, Storytelling, The Shaping of Water, Writing, Writing Process3 Comments

What do writers want? What do writers want? They want readers. They want money and recognition of course, but they want readers most. How do they get readers? Well – they need sales. How do writers get sales? Writers need an agent, a publisher, a good deal of luck and a huge amount of energy so they can do the […]

The Vic en Bigorre Book Festival

Ruth HartleyBooks, Graphic novel, Reading, Reviews, Storytelling, The Shaping of Water, The Tin Heart Gold Mine, The White and Black Blues, Writing1 Comment

A very pleasant and successful day I thoroughly enjoyed myself and sold some of my books. I started the day slightly bemused as we had just returned from Paris rather late the night before. Nick Inman, Clara Villanueva, myself and June Gadsby had a table together for our books in English and Spanish. This is the second year that there […]

Readers, writers and arithmetic for authors and storytellers searching for readers at literary festivals in France

Ruth HartleyBooks, Promotion, Storytelling, The Shaping of Water, The Tin Heart Gold Mine, Writing, Writing Process1 Comment

How do writers and readers get together? They go to the Second Salon du Livre at the Salle Multimedia in Vic en Bigorre on the 23rd September                 We are all  readers  and more and more of us are writers too. How can writers find readers? That means you and me of course. […]

Falling out of Wonderland – Alice Backwards

Ruth HartleyArt, Art Process, Books, illustration, Imagination7 Comments

Alice Backwards Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (aka Charles Dodgson) – one of the most wonderful books of my childhood. I’ve written an upside-down poem about a book I love that has been beautifully illustrated by so many inspired artists. I hope you enjoy my take on it. To go with the poem are links to some film clips […]

Storytelling in Zambia – there are different kinds of stories and different ways to tell stories

Ruth HartleyBooks, Writing, Writing Process, Zambia0 Comments

The Nowhere Man and citizens of the world Those of us who think of ourselves as citizens of the world have found that politicians don’t much like us. They call us citizens of Nowhere and it seems that that makes us a problem. Is this because we cross boundaries and borders? Is it because we are travellers and migrants who […]

Storytelling in words and pictures and & what it means for history, fiction and our lives today

Ruth HartleyAfrica, Art, Books, Colonialism, Storytelling, The Shaping of Water, The Tin Heart Gold Mine, War, Zambia2 Comments

The importance of art and photos – Gallery 37d Lusaka Zambia Its wonderful when things come together to help enrich our lives and our understanding of the world. There is an art gallery in Lusaka Zambia – Gallery 37d – that is the home of the stART Foundation which supports Zambian artists. Apart from this important work they have been […]

Gabriel Ellison – artist, writer, designer and extraordinary woman

Ruth HartleyAfrica, Art, Books, Zambia14 Comments

  Gabriel Ellison Gabriel Ellison, MBE and Grand Officer of Distinguished Service, was a very private person. You would never have guessed from her manner what an important role she has played in Zambia or that she was decorated by both the British Government and the Zambian government for her services to the arts in Zambia. She worked tirelessly all […]

A journey in France with story books, a donkey and in the company of wolves

Ruth HartleyBooks, Storytelling2 Comments

Companionable books and dangerous travels in the wild One of the greatest pleasures that anyone can have is that of making a journey with good companions. Some of the best travelling companions are pages of paper stitched and bound into storybooks – or the wizardry of a Kindle! One of the delights of both travelling and books is discovering that […]

Its Jim and Jenny’s Book Swap on Sunday 9th July at 3pm – Don’t miss it!

Ruth HartleyBooks, Imagination, Storytelling2 Comments

    Free books and free drinks A wonderful opportunity to indulge yourself for a whole afternoon searching out those fantastic books that you’ve been dying to read while you have a free drink. It’s too hot to go outside and garden – all you can do is lie in the shade and read and read. Bring the books that […]