"Everything is an influence."

Ruth Padel is an award-winning British poet, novelist and non-fiction writer. Her work spans across a multitude of topics and mediums, from poetic collections on Beethoven to poignant non-fiction pieces on tiger conservation, and the influence of Greek myth on rock music. Her twelve poetry collections have all been shortlisted for major UK prizes.

Padel is a Visiting Professor of Poetry at King's College London, where she teaches on poetry, fiction, Charles Darwin and the connection between arts and science.

“A poet and scholar with a beautifully patient understanding, reminiscent of Ted Hughes, of how the natural word invests itself in our experience.” — Telegraph