Ruth Frances Long – Guest of Honour

Published Categorised as Guests of Honour

We are delighted to announce one of our 2024 Guests of Honour is none other than Ruth Frances Long!

Ruth Frances Long/Jessica Thorne writes romance and fantasy from the heart which often strays into weird and wonderful liminal places. She works in a specialized library of rare & occasionally crazy books

She writes young adult fantasy such as The Treachery of Beautiful Things (Dial, 2012) and The Dubh Linn trilogy set in the world of demons, angels and fairies that exists alongside our own in modern day Dublin (A Crack in Everything (O’Brien, 2014) , A Hollow in the Hills (O’Brien, 2015) and A Darkness at the End (O’Brien, 2016)  .

In 2015 she was the winner of The European Science Fiction Society Spirit of Dedication Award For Best Author of Children’s Science Fiction and Fantasy for A Crack in Everything.

As Jessica Thorne she writes fantasy romance – The Queen’s Wing (Bookouture, 2018) and The Stone’s Heart (Bookouture, 2019), which was shortlisted for the RNA Fantasy Romantic Novel of the Year Award in 2020, and the Hollow King Duology Mageborn (2020) and Nightborn (2020). She likes to wander between genres, but always with a fantasy twist. Her recent books The Lost Girls of Foxfield Hall (2021), The Bookbinder’s Daughter (2021) and The Water Witch (2022) blend magic, time travel and women’s fiction.  In her upcoming series, Kingdom Will Fall, which will be released from Bookouture in the Summer of 2024, she revisits epic fantasy with a fairytale twist.

Recently she has been working alongside the music festival Tomorrowland, and her first book with them The Rise of Adscendo feautres the origin story of its 2023 festival theme.

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