Ruth Padel is an award-winning British poet. Her most recent poetry collections are The Mara Crossing (US On Migration), a mixed-genre meditation on migration and immigration in humans and animals, and Learning to Make an Oud in Nazareth, short-listed for the 2014 T S Eliot Prize, which explores conflict, creativity and the Middle East. 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, for her novel Where the Serpent Lives. 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, Council Member of the Zoological Society of London and teaches poetry at King’s College London. Her prose books include a study of Greek myth on rock music and opera, three much-loved works on reading contemporary poetry, a book on tiger conservation and a novel on wildlife crime. She is currently finishing a novel on Crete in World War II.