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. I read of heroes and warriors. Certain I would be both, I gradually discovered that the silent and the unimportant have stories, and so do the fearful, who are also brave. I decided that the stories I want to tell are those of 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 tough and creative work. Writing and making art help me do it. So does reading. This writing-reading circle brings me to share my stories. And yet, I try to minimise my words, and I make art to share ideas and feelings that can’t always be expressed in words.
Our digitised world is dense with words and images that provoke and anger and manipulate us. I aim to write common-sense stories that are thought-provoking, funny, and gripping. Sharing my stories in my own words and images is my “fightback”, my way to affirm our common humanity. So I’m anti-verbiage and pro-significance and I write atypical books for you.