Arts Emergency

Ruth Dawkins

    Full-time Carer and Blogger.

    At the moment I am a full time parent, although I do find time to blog and do some volunteering work for Save the Children. In the year that I’ve been blogging, I’ve also been published on Huffington Post, the Guardian, and Easy Living magazine. In August 2011 I was the Kids editor for Fest magazine, commissioning and writing reviews of children’s shows at the Edinburgh Festival. I first became interested in writing at university, and spent time as the editor of the Student newspaper, as well as completing an internship at the Observer.

    After graduating I was lucky enough to get a job with an NGO that combined my interest in communications with my concern for the environment and my passion for activism. I also stood as a Parliamentary candidate for the Green Party.

    My degree in English Literature and History of Art gave me a broad range of skills that mean I now feel confident in producing just about any kind of writing – press releases, parliamentary briefings, opinion pieces, website content, campaign materials – you name it.

    An Arts Degree is so valuable for giving you that breadth of knowledge and skills. I chose my degree based on nothing more than an interest in English at high school, but ten years on from making that choice I’m so glad that I did.

    I’d be delighted to help out with Arts Emergency and hope that I can reassure people that you can do a degree in English and then have a far wider choice of career paths than just being a teacher!