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.
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A Life in Verse
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.
The Jews of Crete
Crete saw a higher proportion of Jews deported by the Nazis than any other country, virtually eliminating one of Europe’s oldest Jewish communities. Rabbi Nicholas de Lange, Professor of Hebrew & Jewish Studies at Cambridge and author of The Penguin Dictionary of Judaism, conducts high holiday services on the Greek island. Award-winning poet Ruth Padel turns to the forgotten Jews of Crete in her latest novel Daughters of the Labyrinth, described as ‘...