A Life in Verse

Dannie Abse, Ruth Padel

22/02/2009 11:15 am
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This session combined an interview and readings, Ruth Padel and Dannie Abse covered writing, love, humour and the role of art, along with the Abse’s latest book, The Presence, a stark and moving literary confrontation with absence and loss.

This was a wonderful opportunity to hear the wit and wisdom of two of Britain’s most distinguished poets.

Dannie Abse

Dannie Abse, poet and doctor is a former President of the Poetry Society. He has written over thirty books including poetry, memoir, fiction, plays and criticism. His memoir The Presence was Wales Book of the Year and he is a recipient of the Wilfred Owen Award. He was awarded a CBE in 2012.

Ruth Padel


The award-winning poet and travel writer Ruth Padel has been Chair of the UK Poetry Society since 2003 and is the great great grand-daughter of Charles Darwin. Her most recent collection of poems is Darwin: A Life in Poems. She is also the author of I'm A Man: Sex, Gods and Rock 'n' Roll which relates rock to ancient Greek myth and modern masculinity, 52 Ways of Looking at a Poem, and Tigers in Red Weather, a travel-memoir which describes searching Asian jungles for wild tigers and explores the moral and political questions facing us in dealing with wilderness today. image cr. Luigi Cazzanigana

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