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Ruth Padel was born in London. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. She wrote a PhD on Greek tragedy at Oxford University, taught Greek at Oxford, Cambridge and Birkbeck College, London (and opera in Princeton Modern Greek Department), and then became a freelance writer, doing features and reviews for many newspapers including The Independent, The Times and New York Times, and broadcasting for BBC Radio 3 and 4. Ruth Padel has published seven poetry collections: Summer Snow (1990); Angel (1993), a Poetry Book Society Recommendation; Fusewire (1996); Rembrandt Would Have Loved You (1998), a Poetry Book Society Choice; Voodoo Shop (2002), a Poetry Book Society Recommendation shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize and the Whitbread Poetry Award; The Soho Leopard (2004), a Poetry Book Society Choice shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize; and Darwin: A Life in Poems (2009), shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award.