ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF LONDON
Ruth is on the Council of the Zoological Society of London,. a leading conservation organization which supports wild animals within their original habitats, runs an Institute of Zoology and also two zoos: London Zoo and Whipsnade. She is setting up there a series of Writers’ Talks at London Zoo, to promote awareness of ZSL’s conservation work:.
21st CENTURY TIGER
Ruth is a Patron of 21st Century Tiger which raises funds for wild tiger conservation. Established in 1997, it is one of the top seven global tiger-funding agencies and has contributed over £1.7 million to over 130 individual proposals for tiger projects worldwide.
NEW NETWORKS FOR NATURE
Ruth is an Ambassador for New Networks for Nature, a unique British organization founded by naturalists, scientists and artists to celebrate and speak for the importance of the natural world in Britain, addressing key questions for environmentalists in the twenty-first century, which grew out of dissatisfaction with the low political priority placed upon nature in the UK. Today our wildlife and landscapes are so often evaluated exclusively in environmental scientific terms when they are really a resource at the very heart of human creativity. The multiple impacts of place and the natural world are central to the nation’s cultural life. New Networks for Nature wishes to reflect these truths and celebrate them.
Ruth teaches freelance. Her grandfather and father were both teachers: her recent charity work in schools includes teaching conservation for Animal Planet’s non-profit initiative, R.O.A.R (for “Reach Out. Act. Respond”) at the Cathedral School of St Saviour and St Mary Overy in Southwark; teaching Latin in primary schools for The Latin Programme, a charity seeking to improve literacy in state primary schools via Latin; and poetry-writing workshops with local children at the Highland Wildlife Park, Kingussie, Scotland.
Ruth’s recent adult poetry teaching includes a week in 2012 of workshops at the West Cork Literary Festival, a day course at The Poetry School and is currently teaching an Advanced Course in Poetry at the Faber Academy. In her BBC Radio 4 POETRY WORKSHOP she works with poetry groups across the UK.
She has also taught workshop in Crete, where she has lived, visited and worked on and off for several decades.