Ruth Gilligan

Lecturer in Creative Writing

University of Birmingham

Ruth Gilligan is an Irish writer, journalist and university lecturer born in Dublin, Ireland. Gilligan studied acting at the Betty Ann Norton Theatre School in Dublin from the age of six, and later secured theatre, TV commercial and short film roles.

Her fourth novel, Nine Folds Make a Paper Swan, is based around the history of Irish Jews and was published by Atlantic Books in July 2016 (UK/Ireland). It received very favourable reviews, including numerous comparisons to James Joyce and Colum McCann. It will be published in 2017 in the US by Tin House and in Israel by Penn Israel.

Gilligan is currently a Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Birmingham. She reviews books for the Times Literary Supplement, Guardian, LA Review of Books and Irish Independent where she was a columnist for a number of years. She also works alongside Colum McCann's storytelling charity Narrative 4 - an international organisation devoted to fostering radical empathy amongst diverse teens - for whom she has organised a number of projects