Ruth Thomas is an acclaimed Scottish short story writer. Her first collection Sea Monster Tattoo was shortlisted for the John Llewelyn Rhys Award and the Saltire First Book Award in 1998. The Dance Settee won a Scottish Arts Council Book Award in 2000. Her stories have been read on Radio 3 and 4 and she is a regular guest at the Edinburgh Book Festival. Her first novel, Things to Make and Mend, will be published by Faber in 2007.