Where Would We Be Without Desire For Form?

Ruth Padel has published twelve poetry collections and eight prose books of fiction and non-fiction. Recent work includes a poetry-and-prose collection, The Mara Crossing. Her poems often turn to visual artists to explore poetry’s engagement with the world. She will read poems addressing art, with reflections on the role of the artist, and talk about her collaboration with Syrian artist Issam Kourbaj; a poem-and-installation on Syrian refugees arriving on Lesbos, presented at Refugee Week at the V&A, Venice Biennale and in New York. Next year Chatto & Windus will publish her new book Beethoven Variations, 2020, poems on the life and creativity of Beethoven.

Ruth Padel is Professor of Poetry at King’s College London, Fellow of both the Royal Society of Literature and Zoological Society of London. She was Chair of Judges for the 2016 T.S. Eliot Prize and Judge for the 2016 International Man Booker Prize. Her poems have been published internationally including by The New Yorker, Times Literary Supplement, London Review of Books and The White Review. Awards include First Prize in the National Poetry Competition and a British Council ‘Darwin Now’ Fellowship.