Ruth Thomas is a novelist and short story writer. Her most recent novel THE HOME CORNER is published by Faber, and she has also published SUPER GIRL and THINGS TO MAKE AND MEND with Faber. Two of her short story collections (SEA MONSTER TATTOO and THE DANCE SETTEE) are published by Polygon. Ruth’s work has been short and longlisted for various awards including the John Llewellyn Rhys Award, the Saltire First Book Award and the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Prize, and her stories and essays are regularly broadcast on BBC radio. Ruth is particularly interested in existential and observational writing (both as a reader and a writer), focusing on the small scale to draw conclusions about bigger ‘themes’ and ideas. Ruth has recently finished a third novel – publication date tbc – and is at work on a new collection. She has worked as a lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of St Andrews, tutors sometimes for the Arvon Foundation, and is currently a Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh.