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Ruth Padel is an award-winning British poet, Professor of Poetry at King’s College, London, with close links to Greece, music and conservation. She has published eleven poetry collections, shortlisted for all major UK prizes. They include "Darwin – A Life in Poems", a verse biography of her great-great grandfather Charles Darwin; T"he Mara Crossing" on human and animal migration; "Learning to Make an Oud" in Nazareth, on the Middle East; "Tidings", a narrative poem on homelessness and Christmas, and most recently "Emerald", an elegy for her 97-year-old mother.