Ruth Padel - Bangalore Literature Festival (BLF)


Day 1
12:30 pm

Meter and Magic: Poetry Readings

Amir Or, Anupama Raju, Arundhathi Subramaniam, Mamta Sagar, Mani Rao, Ranjit Hoskote and Ruth Padel

Day 2
2:15 pm
Tennis Court

Silent Spring: Thinking about Climate Change in Poetry

Ranjit Hoskote and Ruth Padel

Day 2
6:45 pm
The Red Couch

Beethoven Variations – Emotion and Creativity in the Life of a Genius

Ruth Padel and Karl Lutchmayer


‘Beethoven is more intimate than ever in these new poems,’ said the New York Times of Ruth’s book Beethoven Variations. ‘She tells the great composer’s life story more profoundly than most biographies.’ Ruth is an award-winning British poet with close links to classical music and wildlife conservation, especially in India. She has also published two novels: Where the Serpent Lives, set mainly in India, features wildlife scientists studying king cobras (‘A nature lover’s delight, compelling, acute, lyrical: she has done for the forests of Karnataka and Bengal what Amitav Ghosh did for the Sundarbans in The Hungry Tide,’ India Today); Daughters of the Labyrinth explores the power of buried memory and the little-known Holocaust on the island of Crete, and has been shortlisted for two Greek prizes (‘A thought-provoking novel of identity, history and our times,’ The New European).

She has published twelve poetry collections, shortlisted for all major UK prizes, including the much-praised Darwin: A Life in Poems, which, like Beethoven Variations, tells a life story in poems, this time of Charles Darwin, who was Ruth’s great-great-grandfather. Her non-fiction includes a book on tiger conservation, shortlisted for the Kiriwama Prize; she is currently finishing The Elephant in the Room, a book on elephants.

She has been Professor of Poetry at King’s College London, Chair of Judges for the T. S. Eliot Prize, a Judge for the International Man Booker Prize and Aventis Science Book Prize, and is Fellow of the Zoological Society of London and Royal Society of Literature. She is a frequent speaker at the Jaipur Literature Festival, and her poems have appeared in, among others, The New Yorker, the New York Review of Books, Harvard Review, Indian Quarterly, The White Review, Times Literary Supplement, London Review of Books, Poetry Review, and The Guardian. Awards include First Prize in the National Poetry Competition, a British Council Darwin Now Award, and a Cholmondley Prize. Her latest publication is Watershed, poems on water and climate denial.