Meet The Writers - Ruth Padel

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Ruth Padel is an award-winning poet, Professor of Poetry at King’s College London. Her ten collections include Darwin – A Life in Poems, a verse biography of her great-great-grandfather Charles Darwin; The Mara Crossing on human and animal migration; Learning to Make an Oud in Nazareth on the Middle East; and Tidings, a narrative poem on homelessness and Christmas. She is deeply involved in nature conservation: her travel book on the plight of the tiger, Tigers in Red Weather, was shortlisted for the US Kiriwama Prize, she received a British Council Darwin Now award for her wildlife novel Where the Serpent Lives, and is the only writer to be Fellow of the Zoological Society of London as well as the Royal Society of Literature. She was Chair of Judges for the 2016 T.S. Eliot Prize, Judge for the 2016 International Man Booker Prize. Her new collection Emerald will be published by Chatto & Windus in July 2018.

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