Ruth Padel

Ruth Padel is a prize-winning poet and writer, Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and Council Member of the Zoological Society of London, author of the internationally acclaimed Darwin - A Life in Poems, a lyric biography of Charles Darwin, Tigers in Red Weather, on tiger conservation, and most recently The Mara Crossing, a ground-breaking meditation, in poetry and prose, on all aspects of migration, micro and macro: from cells to animals, human beings to human souls. 

Ruth has published eight poetry collections and presents Poetry Workshop, a new Radio 4 series on writing and reading poems: the next series will air in November 2012. She has written and presented a series of five-part programmes on 19th century thinkers and writers from Darwin and Elgar to Tennyson and W S Gilbert. She trained as a Greek scholar and has written several much-loved books on reading contemporary poetry, two books on ideas of the mind and madness in Greek tragedy (published by Princeton University Press) and I’m A Man (Faber & Faber) a study of the masculinity of rock music and Greek myth. See

Related Sessions
Saturday 29 October 2011, 12.15pm Upper Gulbenkian Gallery
Saturday 29 October 2011, 1.30pm Upper Gulbenkian Gallery


Mara Crossing (Chatto & Windus, 2012)
Darwin: A Life in Poems (Chatto & Windus, 2009)

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