Ruth Finnegan Unveils Her Latest Paperback, ‘Birds, Who Are They’

October 05 19:54 2021
Ruth Finnegan sheds light on her latest paperback, ‘Birds, Who Are They’.

Having been fortunate enough to have switched ‘disciplines’ as a graduate Ruth Finnegan’s transdisciplinary perspective has enabled her to work at the intersections of several areas.

An anthropologist and Africanist, she has always been both inspired and challenged by the hidden riches of the “ordinary” and by her parents’ peace-building and reconciliation activities, She is proud to have inherited their vision and to have carried it on, not through politics but in her own way, in writing and research.

Her latest paperback, Kindle, and Audible publication is ‘Birds, Who Are They – A First Look, written using the name David Campbell Callender, provides readers with an insight into what birds really are. 

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The fully illustrated book paints an interesting parallel between birds and humans, strongly suggesting the equality – in some respects even superiority – of the flying creatures. It helps readers improve their knowledge of birds as it provides an informative and enjoyable insight into birdlife. One can enjoy it even more by listening to the beautifully-read  audible version while being in nature.

Of the many books written by Ruth Finnegan, the ones that are closest to her heart are:

  • Oral literature in Africa, 1979, 2011.

  • Oral poetry: its nature, significance and social context, 1977, 1992.

  • The hidden musicians: music-making in an English town, 1989, 2007.

  • Communicating: the multiple modes of human interconnection, 2002, 2013

  • The hidden ordinary, 2019

  • Time for the world to learn from Africa, 2019

In addition to several academic works, Finnegan has written novels such as Pearl of the Seas, Black Inked Pearl, Born in Dreams and the Helix Pearl. Her screenplay, ‘No Biscuits in Heaven’ (feature), which has won several awards, is currently in production with Shanpepe Films, a Nigerian company with an excellent track record.

Author Ruth Finnegan was selected as one of the 50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading in at the 2017 Book Awards. She made it to the list, which was chosen from hundreds of authors through a public voting process. The award is one of the many international awards she has won for her published works.

More information is available at her website at


Ruth Finnegan OBE is a renowned scholar and celebrated writer who is an Emeritus Professor, the Open University, a Fellow of the British Academy, and an Honorary Fellow of Somerville College Oxford. She was recently elected as one of the first four International Fellows of the American Folklore Society, a much-valued honor. Ruth Finnegan was born in Derry (on the last day of December 1933) and grew up there and in the remote countryside of Donegal. She went to a literature-imbued Quaker school in York, earned top degrees in classics and anthropology at Oxford, and carried out fieldwork on story-telling in Africa. From 1969, apart from three years in the South Pacific island of Fiji, she taught and researched at the pioneering Open University. She is the author of over twenty academic books, several of them prize-winning. She has three daughters (two of them born in Nigeria), five grandchildren (one in New Zealand), and now lives in Old Bletchley, England, with her husband of over 50 years.

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