Ruth Padel has published ten poetry collections, many of which have been shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot, Forward or Costa Prizes, including her most recent, Learning to Make an Oud in Nazareth (Chatto, 2014 – shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize). Highly acclaimed for her nature writing in her novel, Where the Serpent Lives, and her memoir of tiger conservation, Tigers in Red Weather, she also writes and presents BBC Radio 4’s Poetry Workshop. Her awards include a British Council Darwin Now research award, and First Prize in the National Poetry Competition. She is Poetry Fellow at King’s College London, Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and Council Member for the Zoological Society of London. Ruth won the National Poetry Competition in 1996 with her poem, ‘Icicles Round a Tree in Dumfriesshire’.