Ruth Sutton

Ruth Sutton


After a long career as an international education consultant I settled in West Cumbria in 2006 and began to write fiction a few years later, setting all my novels in this beautiful and interesting area.





Historical and crime fiction

Publications & Performance History


The Jessie Whelan trilogy :‘A Good Liar’ (2012); ‘Forgiven’ (2013); ‘Fallout’ (2014)

Crime novels: ‘Cruel Tide’ (2015); ‘Fatal Reckoning’ (2016)

Forthcoming ‘Burning Secrets’ (June 2018)


Workshop & Reading Experience

I have been leading workshops and presenting to audiences large (1000) and small for many years and in many countries. My presentations are delivered usually without notes, with humour and even songs, to engage and entertain as well as inform. Since I started with fiction writing I have presented talks to library and readers’ groups, festivals and WI groups around Cumbria: these could focus on the historical research involved or on the process or writing and self-publishing.


Helen Towers, Reader Development and Stock Manager Environment and Community Services Directorate l Carlisle Library l 11 Globe Lane l Carlisle l Cumbria l CA3 8NX Phone: 01228227287 Mob: 07802451545 Email:

Group size preference

I am comfortable with any size of group, from a dozen to a hundred.

Group age preference


Working languages


Area prepared to travel

Almost anywhere: I have extensive UK and international experience

Other information

My previous education experience combines well with the more recent writing and publishing to make me – I believe – a particularly effective speaker and workshop leader. I have many endorsements on Linkedin and 640 Twitter followers.

Talks normally last for 45 minutes. Any number in audience, but less than a dozen feels flat.