Ruth Padel at Exeter Poetry Festival
Ruth Padel is an award-winning poet, author of seven collections including an internationally acclaimed verse biography of her great-great-grandfather Charles Darwin, and several much-loved books on reading poetry, most recently Silent Letters of the Alphabet, on poetry’s use of silence. Her non-fiction includes a study of Greek myth and rock and roll, and an acclaimed eco-memoir on tiger conservation. She is a Fellow of the Zoological Society of London and the Royal Society of Literature and her debut novel, Where the Serpent Lives, published this year (“an intensely readeable parable of love and fear” Daily Mail) was hailed especially for its feel for nature:
“The mystery of the wordless world of animals watching humans” (TLS)
“Only Emily Brontë has embraced Padel’s radical and sympathetic inclusiveness of creaturely life” (Guardian)
She is currently working on a mixed book of prose and poetry about migration and immigration. See www.ruthpadel.com for more information.
Ruth Padel will be appearing in the closing event of the festival, on Sunday 10th October. Exeter Poetry Festival gratefully acknowledges the support of Rachel McCarthy, ExCite Poetry and The Poetry Society.