A World in the City. Zoological and Botanic Gardens

Birgit Korn (CC BY 2.0) via Flickr

Ruth Padel

British author Ruth Padel was the first Writer in Residence at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. She teaches Poetry at Kings College London and has published poetry collections and novels. Her awards include First Prize in the UK National Poetry Competition, a Cholmondeley Award from The Society of Authors, an Arts Council of England Writers’ Award and a British Council Darwin Now Research Award. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, Member of the Bombay Natural History Society, Ambassador for New Networks for Nature, Patron of 21st-Century Tiger and Council Member of the Zoological Society of London.
Ruth Padel’s has published non-fiction, poetry and fiction: In and Out of the Mind (1992) and Whom Gods Destroy: Elements of Greek and Tragic Madness (1995), followed by a study of rock music and Greek myth: I’m A Man (2000). For Tigers in Red Weather (2004) she spent two years exploring Asian forests – in India, Nepal, Sumatra, Bhutan, China, Russia and Laos – in search of vanishing tigers.
Ruth Padel’s fiction began in 2010 with Where the Serpent Lives, a novel framed by tropical wildlife and wildlife crime, for which she visited the world’s only King Cobra Reserve at Agumbe in Karnataka. Her poetry collections include Rembrandt Would Have Loved You (1998); The Soho Leopard (2004); Darwin – A Life in Poems (2009); Learning to Make an Oud in Nazareth (2014); and Tidings. A Christmas Journey (2016). 

Shelagh Keeley: Jardim Do Ultramar, Lisbon, 2016; © Shelagh Keeley
Sahej Rahal: Forerunner, 2013, Video; © Sahej Rahal; Courtesy of the artist and Chatterjee & Lal, Mumbai
Jitish Kallat: The Infinite Episode, 2016, detail; © Jitish Kallat; Courtesy Galérie Daniel Templon, Paris – Brussels
Sonia Mehra Chawla: Moving Inwards, 2015; © Sonia Mehra Chawla; Courtesy of the artist, TARQ, Mumbai & Exhibit 320, New Delhi
Birgit Korn: Nepal (CC BY 2.0) via Flickr