The kindness of creative people to each other

Ruth Hartley Storytelling1 Comment

Autour du Livre Saturday 17th September It is crazy of me to go to this Book Fair because I write in English and it’s impossible to sell my books after all everyone else who visits and participates, reads, writes and buys French books. All the same I’ve been going for a number of years now – since 2017 when I […]

Writing and winning are wonderful!

Ruth Hartley Storytelling, Festival, Truth Dare Command, Writing ProcessLeave a Comment

I am a prize-winner for the first time I am thrilled to be a runner-up in the Charroux Litfest competition for my short story Truth, Dare, Command. Thank you Charroux Litfest and thank you Charroux organisers – Kate Rose and Barbara Sage. I know you do an unpaid, time-consuming labour of love. The theme of the competition was Truth and […]

Three new books take a lifetime to write

Ruth HartleyApartheid, Book Launch, The Love and Wisdom Crimes, The Spiral-Bound Notebooks, When I Was BadLeave a Comment

My book launch at La Litote Lancement des livres à La Litote Last Friday, I launched, at the wonderful book shop, La Litote, my three new books which took a lifetime to write. I had been invited by the generosity of Nathalie Curiel, the owner of La Litote. It was a lovely evening, well attended and really worthwhile for me. […]

Book Festival and my Book Launch

Ruth HartleyBook Launch, Book Publishing, Books by Ruth Hartley, Festival, Illustration, Promotion, Reading, The Love and Wisdom Crimes, The Shaping of Water, The Spiral-Bound Notebooks, The Tin Heart Gold Mine, When I Was BadLeave a Comment

I’m promoting the three books I’ve published this year The Love and Wisdom Crimes is a novel based on real experiences. In it Jane returns to South Africa as apartheid ends to unlock the secrets of her past as a young political activist in a police state. My collection of poetry, The Spiral-bound Notebooks contains my early poems that form […]

Going back to books – it’s that time of year

Ruth HartleyBook Launch, Books by Ruth Hartley, Festival, Promotion2 Comments

The great winter return to books, to reading, and to writing Autumn can be a sad time. The warm sunny days are over, the evenings are closing in and another year has gone – but – I can at last hide myself away. I can write all morning, read all afternoon and spend the evenings immersed in TV dramas. Indulgence […]