Narrative 4 is a global not-for-profit which uses the power of stories to foster radical empathy in young people around the world. Founded by authors and activists (including the organisation's president Colum McCann), Narrative 4 now runs a range of incredible 'story exchange' projects across the globe.
Ruth has been involved in Narrative 4 since 2014. In 2016, she organised the first ever Narrative 4 project in England, bringing together students from three diverse schools across the Birmingham area; you can read about it in the Irish Times here.
Then in 2018, Ruth brought together thirty students from England and Ireland for a weekend of storytelling, empathy and cultural exchange. Amidst the endless talk of Brexit and borders, divisions and differences, the timing felt particularly apt, and the project formed the basis of a major Guardian feature which you can read here.
Finally, the project was ultimately turned into the documentary 'Some Stories' which premiered in 2019; you can watch the trailer here.