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The Helix Pearl: The story of the wine-dark garrulous sea – Book Discussion (uTube link).

A NEW initiative – AUDIOBOOKS

Audiobooks are really expanding now and have become much more popular for publishing authors. For me, it’s rather nice to get back, through audio, to what  began my academic life, oral/spoken literature.

From the drop down menu New Audiobooks you can access demo samples from

the books so far published or order the whole audiobook.

Interview/ blog with Graham Mack – prize-winning reader of audfiobooks

Graham is a radio presenter for the BBC and other channels and has had his own radio show for years. He has recently used his skills to being a narrator and producer of audiobooks. I’ve done a lot of work with him so I'm adding this interview as it includes a couple of bits of his reading.

Wikipedia pages – coming soon!


North Europe International Film Festival - London Edition, 2021 (Fusion Film member)

Black Ink Pearl, and Betrothed status Selected.

Miami Screenplay Awards – January 2021

The Judging Status of No biscuits in Heaven has been upgraded to Selected. The project has been selected to be included in the festival. Congratulations again, and thanks for using FilmFreeway!

Kathy by Ruth Finnegan has been selected at the Prisma Independent Film Awards – 3rd year, 3rd monthly edition! September 2020. And, in January 2021 at the International Hollywood Short Film Festival, it has the status of Hollywood Shorts, Selected.

Hearing Others' Voices: A book series by Balestier Press (London and Singapore). A transcultural and inter-disciplinary series edited by physicist Roh-Suan Tung and anthropologist Ruth Finnegan. It is designed, in simple and straightforward language, to inform and engage general readers, undergraduates and, above all, young adults/school sixth-formers to reflect on who and where they are and to explore recent advances in thought, unaccountably overlooked  areas of the world,  and key issues of the day.

Discover HOV

Interview with Ruth Finnegan for 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...

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Join the Hearing Others Facebook Community: 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.


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. There are now many other books in the series, many also with translations into Chinese and other world languages.



‘The mystery, meaning and magic of names’

American Folklore Society Annual Meeting

Baltimore, Francis Lee Memorial Lecture, 18 October 2019 


Abstract: The study of names has flourished for centuries. Its scope has been somewhat limited however, for, as Francis Lee Utley pointed out in 1963, there is little on the linguistic side to set against the plenitude on historical, logical and etymological aspects. Here, I attempt to reflect a little further on the language of names (in the broad sense of language that includes etymology and meaning). I point first to some rather obvious but commonly neglected aspects before moving on to consider certain more startling and – frankly – outrageous speculations. Sceptics kindly look leave now! For more information... 

‘Studying Africa and literature: interactions of folklore and anthropology’ (keynote address)

Folklore and Anthropology In Conversation 

Africa (Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland, and Folklore Society, London, 24 October 2019, For more information...

Betrothed wins at the Angel Awards!

We Congratulate Ruth Finnegan the versatile multi award winning author, and anthropologist for her award winning romance 'BETROTHED, A CRUSADES ROMANCE' winning Best Epic Historical Romance & Best Independent Spirit Award at the Angel Film Awards Monaco International Film Festival.

Teenage maiden forcibly betrothed to unimaginative elderly knight falls in love with another during his Crusades absence,  only to be faced with his unexpected return, as a changed and softened  man after his encounter with the Muslim Saladin: a drama of the historic clash between Muslim and Christian, east  and west, old and young, that – inspiration for our times too – is transcended  by the sweet friendship and understanding between Norman knight  and Muslim leader. View the teaser trailer