THOMAS, Ruth (‘Ruthie’). b. in England of African Caribbean parents, 7 July 1956. She grew up in Wales. She was a student at King Alfred’s University College, Winchester, where she received a P.D. James Bursary and was awarded an MA in the School of English in Writing for Children. She has subsequently published two novels for children, Ruby Tucker (2008) and Different (2010). She is a gospel singer, performer, poet, and hymn writer whose work has appeared in a number of contemporary publications. She has performed in many venues, often in aid of charity. A CD, Heaven Direct, appeared in 2011. It combines the styles of African Caribbean, jazz, calypso, and soul music, and includes ‘a...
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