Ruth Skilbeck was born in London and grew up in England and Northern Ireland moving to Australia with her family when she was sixteen. She has lived and worked in Dublin, London and Sydney as a writer and arts journalist in positions ranging from writer/presenter for the BBC’s Book Choice, feature writer, art reviewer, to university lecturer. She has a first honours degree in Philosophy from Birkbeck, University of London, and a PhD. Her essays, stories, articles and photographs are published internationally in arts periodicals, and leading journals such as Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies and books published by Taylor and Francis, Routledge and Demeter Press.
Australian Fugue: The Antipode Room was the first novel she published. She described it then as the first in a series on postcolonial family secrets, memory and amnesia. It interweaves a fictional story with real life cases of fugue from medical journals. This was funded by a crowdfunder. The first part of this novel, has been published without the cases of real fuguers, in a slightly different and purely fictional form, as Missing (Australian Fugue #1). This is to be followed by second part, a new fictional novel. She will then move onto further novels and may return to the Australian Fugue series later. Ruth Skilbeck lives in Australia.