Ruth Finnegan

Author ● Poet ● Screenwriter ● Anthropologist

Author of the Award-winning novel Black Inked Pearl

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Black Inked Pearl

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Pearl of the Seas

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Why Do We Quote?


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Extraordinary…its richness is the boundless ocean of experience, not merely the author’s but the compendium of the human race, as explored in every myth, and the great echoing symphony of poets.




Ruth Finnegan offers us a splendid feast of ideas about the ways we communicate with each other.




Scholars in sociolinguistics, literature, and folklore will recognize the importance of the book for the fields. General readers will find it just plain interesting.




Meet Ruth Finnegan

Ruth Finnegan  (born 1933), Emeritus Professor of the Open University is an anthropologist and novelist with broad interdisciplinary interests, especially in classical studies, literature, sociolinguistics, modes of thought, cultural history and, recently, spiritual paranormal experience or altered consciousness. 


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Also, well, just curiosity...

January 01, 2020

New interview with Ruth Finnegan at Literary Titan. 

Time for the World to Learn From Africa is an educational book that brings forth the historical and characteristic details of Africa. Why was this an important book for you to write?

It goes back a long way. My first degree was in classical studies – Greek and Roman times – following my father. Read more...

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November 16, 2019

Welcome from us all, specially the series editors Ruth and Roh.


We all look forward to your ideas and questions and arguments and (seriously!) criticisms and challenges. It would be specially interesting for your colleagues across the world to have your (honest) reactions to any of the discussion questions. 


Photos and videos too, images, and links to lots of music and poetry and thoughts please, your own and others’. The series, after all, is ‘Hearing Others’ Voices’  - yours very much included - so that’s what it’s all about.


You can also become a member and supporter at

Down -to-earth transcultural and transdisciplinary series for everyone, above all young adults

November 15, 2019

The books, edited by anthropologist Ruth Finnegan and physicist  Roh-Suan Tung, set out in straightforward and unstuffy language to inform general readers, undergraduates and, above all, sixth formers and to engage their interest in recent advances in thought, unaccountably overlooked areas of the world, and key issues of the present day.


The first volumes were released in November 2018, preceded by the October launch of the Chinese version of Rob Janoff’s amazing personal account of how he created the Apple logo,

Taking a Bite Out of the Apple, a graphic designer’s tale.


Other books are coming, many also with translations into Chinese and other world languages 

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