Monday, April 22, 2024

Ruth Padel

photo by Luigi Cazzanigana taken in NYC

Ruth Padel was born in London and has lived extensively in Greece, especially Crete. She is an award-winning British poet, Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and Professor of Poetry at King’s College London and has published ten collections, including Darwin A Life in Poems (Knopf, 2009), shortlisted for the Costa Prize, an acclaimed verse biography of her great-great grandfather Charles Darwin; The Mara Crossing (On Migration, Counterpoint Press USA, 2013), shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Prize, on human and animal migration; and Learning to Make an Oud in Nazareth, shortlisted for the T S Eliot Prize, on the Middle East.

Her most recent collection is Tidings, A Christmas Journey – a narrative poem about a homeless man, a fox and a little girl, which follows the Christmas sunrise across the globe.

Learning to Make an Oud in Nazareth

Her prose includes Tigers in Red Weather on tiger conservation, I’m A Man on the influence of Greek mythology on rock music; a wildlife novel Where the Serpent Lives; two much-loved books on reading contemporary poetry, 52 Ways of Looking at a Poem and The Poem and the Journey; and lectures on silence in poetry, Silent Letters of the Alphabet (Bloodaxe Books 2010).

Learn more about Ruth in a review of Learning to Make an Oud in Nazareth in the Guardian, also a review of On Migration, and a review of Darwin A life in Poems.

In this blog for Kings College she discusses the process for writing a poem.

Tidings A Christmas Journey
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