Padel, Ruth

Ruth Padel is a poet, novelist and non-fiction author with close links to Darwin, Asian wildlife, and Greece. Her twelve poetry collections include Darwin, A Life in Poems, and We Are All from Somewhere Else, a poetry-and-prose book on animal and human migration quoted in Ebb and Flow, the World Bank’s 2021 report on water and migration. Her prose includes books on tiger conservation, Greek tragedy, and a novel, Daughters of the Labyrinth, set on Crete. Her broadcasting includes two series for Radio 4 of Wild Things, on wild British species. Awards include a British Council Darwin Now Award for her first novel, Where the Serpent Lives, which focusses on wildlife conservation in India, and First Prize in the UK National Poetry Competition. ‘Hormones, Divinity and Forest’, her Jane Harrison lecture for Newnham College Cambridge, combines her work on wildlife, science and ancient Greece. She is Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the Zoological Society of London, and Professor of Poetry at King’s College London.

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