Ruth Padel’s latest collection, Emerald, is just published by Chatto & Windus. She is the author of eleven poetry collections, many of which have been shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot, Forward or Costa Prizes. Her 2014 collection, Learning to Make an Oud in Nazareth (Chatto & Windus) was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize. Her novel, Where the Serpent Lives, and her memoir of tiger conservation, Tigers in Red Weather, were highly acclaimed. She used to write and present BBC Radio 4’s Poetry Workshop. Her awards include a British Council Darwin Now research award and First Prize in the National Poetry Competition in 1996 for her poem ‘Icicles Round a Tree in Dumfriesshire’. She is Professor of Poetry at King’s College London, where she presents a high profile event series ‘Poetry And’, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and of the Zoological Society of London.