I have published twelve UK poetry collections. Some, like Darwin, A Life in Poems and Beethoven Variations, are also published in the US. So is my 2012 book on migration, The Mara Crossing (under the title On Migration – Dangerous Journeys and the Living World)In the UK, I have updated this book to the migration situation of 2020,with new poems and essays, in a paperback edition entitled We Are All From Somewhere Else.

There is a bilingual Polish-English anthology of some of my poems called The Art of Kintsugi, and an Italian translation, by the wonderful translator Paola Splendore, of my Beethoven book – Variazioni Beethoven.

‘Wonderful, audacious, inlaid poetry. Her command of register is masterly, moving from formal to conversational with graceful authority. Sensual detail, and  – in Learning to Make an Oud in Nazareth – that beautiful, apparently effortless last line, Making is our defence against the dark.’ – Observer


‘If you are looking for love, try the mysteries of earth.’ If Ruth Padel is one our national treasures – and she most certainly is, given her intrepid questing across our planet to bring us expertly-sculpted stories to fire up our imaginations – then Emerald, her twelfth collection, is one of her greatest achievements. But the journey itself is only the first stepping stone to her lyrical reflections on the human condition.’ – André Naffis-Sahely

‘A triumph of imagistic ingenuity’ – Guardian