Ruth Padel is an award-winning British poet, author of twelve acclaimed poetry collections and a wildlife novel set in India. Her non-fiction includes books on ancient Greek religion and poetry, and the influence of Greek myth on rock music. She is Professor of Poetry at King’s College London and Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and hr poems have appeared in the New York Review of Books, London Review of Books, The New Yorker, The White Review, Times Literary Supplement and The Guardian. Awards include First Prize in the National Poetry Competition. Her lifelong links to Crete began as a student, when she worked on a dig for the British School of Archaeology at Knossos. She has sung in Heraklion City Choir, her first collection Summer Snow was called after a chasm in Cretan mountains and one of her tracks on Desert Island Discs was a Cretan folksong. Her latest novel Daughters of The Labyrinth is set in Crete and was published by Little, Brown in 2021. www.ruthpadel.com
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