Ruth Estevez

Ruth Estevez

Ruth Estevez

Ruth Estevez lives in Manchester although she travels frequently over the Pennines to her native, Yorkshire. Ruth has always worked in the arts, from Opera North, Harrogate Theatre-in-Education Company to Emmerdale. Her attitude of saying ‘yes’ to offers means Ruth has worked in places from Pitlochry Festival Theatre in Scotland to Shakespeare’s Globe in London.

She always wanted to be an actor and studied English and Drama at Chester University, appearing as Nell Gwynne, a nun and Madame from Jean Genet’s The Maids in her final year. Acting stood her in good stead for her writing, co-writing a day long performance/workshop, The Ghost in the Machine for Harrogate T.I.E before moving to television and becoming a scriptwriter on the BBC puppet animated series, Bob the Builder. However, it seemed acting wasn’t to be as she was drawn increasingly to writing.

Since a young age, Ruth had always made up her own worlds and characters and eventually, this love of writing won out and she wrote the novel, Meeting Coty, based on her great aunt who worked in the perfume industry in the 1920s, published by Kings Hart Books in 2007. She self-published her second novel, Erosion whilst working as an Associate Lecturer in Scriptwriting at Manchester Metropolitan University on the BA(Hons) Film and Contemporary Video Degree Course.

Volunteering at the unique Portico Library in Manchester led to the role of Project Assistant on The Portico Sadie Massey Awards for Young Readers and Writers, so finding an easier balance between her writing career and love of all things associated.

Ruth’s first YA novel, Jiddy Vardy was published by ZunTold on 21st of June 2018 and she is currently working on her second YA novel, The Monster Belt. Set in Yorkshire and the Mediterranean island of Formentera.

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Our chat with Ruth…

Jiddy Vardy by Ruth Estevez

Rescued at birth, Jiddy grows up in Robin Hood's Bay, a community which harbours a dangerous secret, one that could get you killed.

Always the outsider, with her dark skin and hair, at sixteen Jiddy is clever, brave and headstrong, soon risking her life and freedom to play her part in the Bay's clandestine activities.

Then, just as romance blossoms and Jiddy finally feels like she belongs, figures from the past threaten to tear her world apart, and she has to decide where her loyalties truly lie.

A thrilling tale of one girl's search for identity and love, set against a backdrop of wild seas, smuggling and violence.

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