Ruth Figgest was born in Oxford but grew up in the USA. She has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Sussex.
Her stories have been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize six times—she was awarded 2nd place in 2012 and was Highly Commended in 2017. Another of her stories was shortlisted for the Mslexia short story competition and ‘The Coffin Gate’ was broadcast on BBC Radio 4.
Ruth was a clinical audiologist and a senior manager in the NHS prior to her present position as Chief Executive of a charity that runs a community centre in East Sussex. She lives in Eastbourne.