Prize-winning poet Ruth Padel is renowned as a guide to understanding today's poetry. Her much-loved 52 Ways of Looking at a Poem introduced the contemporary poetry scene and discussed individual poems. Her new book, invaluable for all who want to write as well as read poems, reveals the journey of thought, language and music within sixty more poems and also shows how poems fortify us on the journey of our lives, in a collection of essays written in elegant, accessible prose.
Ruth Padel is an award-winning British poet and author, who works in a wide range of fields: poetry, poetry criticism, wildlife and conservation, and also music. The Mara Crossing, her latest book of poems plus short prose pieces, on animal and human migration and immigration, was shortlisted for the 2012 Ted Hughes Award. Her poetry collection Darwin - A Life in Poems is a verse biography of her great-great-grandfather Charles Darwin.
Her next collection, Learning to Make an Oud in Nazareth, will come out in 2014. At its centre will be a series of poems on the Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross.
Since she is descended from Darwin, Ruth is passionate about wildlife conservation. She sits on the Council of the Zoological Society of London and for her prose book on wild tigers, Tigers in Red Weather, she spent years travelling through the threatened tiger forests of Asia with foresters and field zoologists, whose lives she wrote more about in her novel Where the Serpent Lives, which also features the tragic consequences of wildlife crime in both India and Britain. In summer 2013 she curated an innovative series of Writers Talks in London Zoo to highlight its conservation work, featuring leading writers and conservation scientists and a series of endangered animals.
Ruth is known as an inspiring teacher and reader: she pioneered POETRY WORKSHOP, BBC Radio 4, working with local poetry groups across the UK and has written much-loved books on reading poetry, such as 52 Ways of Looking at a Poem and The Poem and the Journey. She teaches Poetry in the Creative Writing School of King College London.
She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and started out as a scholar of ancient Greek. Her other passions are music, especially singing, Greece today,India, history and science. See www.ruthpadel.com: follow her on Twitter @ruthpadel.