Ruth is an award-winning British poet with close links to Greece, science, classical music and wildlife conservation, especially in India. She has published twelve poetry collections shortlisted for all major UK prizes, most recently Beethoven Variations and We are All from Somewhere Else, on migration; and two novels – most recently Daughters of the Labyrinth, set on the island of Crete where she has had close connections all her life. Her non-fiction includes books on reading poetry drawn from her newspaper column The Sunday Poem, a study of rock music and Greek myth, a memoir focussing on wild tiger conservation, and books on Greek tragedy. She is Professor of Poetry at King’s College London, and Fellow of both the Zoological Society of London and Royal Society of Literature. Awards include First Prize in the National Poetry Competition, a British Council Darwin Now Award, and a Cholmondley Prize.
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