I’m Ruth Dawkins, a Scot currently living in Hobart, Tasmania with my husband and seven year old son. I started DorkyMum in 2011 – when I was still living in Edinburgh – as a creative outlet that I could fit around my life as a stay at home parent.
Beyond the blog, I have over ten years experience as a writer, editor and campaigner, and I currently work part time for the Tasmanian Writers’ Centre in a Community Engagement role.
I’ve been widely published in local, national and online press, for titles including the Guardian and Observer, Time Out, The Simple Things, SBS Life, Huffington Post, xoJane, Easy Living, Kidspot, and Mumsnet. In 2011, I edited the Kids Section of Fest magazine, commissioning and writing reviews of children’s shows at the Edinburgh Festival. You can see some recent examples of my feature writing here.
I have worked or volunteered in communications, campaigns and social media with organisations including the Stop Climate Chaos coalition, Edinburgh University Students Association, Save the Children UK, the Scottish Green Party, Christian Aid, Edinburgh for Under Fives, and the WWF/Ben and Jerry’s Climate Change College.
From press releases, policy papers and parliamentary briefings to website content, campaign materials, reviews, opinion pieces and features, I always aim to produce content that is authentic and accessible.
To contact me about a feature writing opportunity or to ask about my rates for a copywriting job, please email dorkymum [at] yahoo.co.uk
Photo Credit: Emily Quinton