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Ruthie Thomas is a hymn writer, author, singer and poet.
She worked for 18 years in a primary school in London, where she introduced and facilitated sacred song singing classes and it was this environment that influenced her in writing for children. One of the outcomes was the recording with children’s voices of ‘Song of the Robin’ ‐ a story song based on a Palestinian Christian Legend. The song attracted attention from a BBC World Service Radio programme where it was included in a discussion on ways to tell a child about the Crucifixion. A recording is on one of Ruthie’s CDs, and it is also included in the song book anthology from Stainer & Bell 2016 ‘You Can’t Keep A Good Song Down.’
The first publication of Ruthie’s hymns and songs were included in ‘Reflecting Praise’ in 1993 by Stainer & Bell and Women in Theology. Contributions from other collections by the same publisher followed ‐ including ‘Big Blue Planet’, (1995), ‘Worship In Our Diverse World’ (1998), and ‘Sound Bytes’ (1999). Her hymns and songs have also been included in various other publications such as ‘Songs for the Millennium’ ( National Society Enterprises, 1999), ‘First Fruits’ (Canterbury Press, 2001) and Christian Aid’s ‘Hunger For Justice—Hymns and Songs to change the World’ (2004). ‘He’s Here’, a word collection of her hymns and songs was produced in 2015.
Ruthie’s poetry includes ‘Smile Martin, a response to Martin Luther King’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech, was first published in Worship Live and later included in the collection ‘Let There Be’ (McCrimmons 1999).
Ruthie studied in the School of English at King Alfred’s College, Winchester ‐ and received a P.D. James Writer’s Bursary. As an inspirational singer she has sung at various venues including the Women in Music International in Southampton and Women’s International Day at The Millennium Centre in Wales.
Ruthie Thomas is often asked to sing at weddings and funerals. Her presentations of autobiographical narration and song are popular with Youth Groups and Fellowships, and her presentation has been described as ‘enthralling’ by the Mothers’ Union. Many of her appearances are in aid of charity. Ruthie continues to write, sing and inspire others.
Ruthie Thomas is available for presentations of autobiographical story song.