Ruth Bidgood’s writing has always shown ‘how different is real / from ordinary’. In these poems she casts her celebrated gaze over the lie of the Welsh land, local and family history, but also over the less traditional prompts of dream and scientific speculation. At 90 years of age, the voice here remains effortlessly precise, yet still with further discoveries to be made.
“These are daring poems... Above the Forest combines deep feeling with keen intelligence.”
Ruth Bidgood was born in Seven Sisters, Glamorgan. After university in Oxford and travels to Alexandria as a coder in World War II, she returned to Wales in the 1960s and settled in Powys, where she began writing poetry and local history. Her recent collections include Time Being (Seren, 2010), winner of the Roland Mathias Prize 2011 and a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, Hearing Voices (Cinnamon, 2008) and New & Selected Poems (Seren, 2004). She has twice been shortlisted for the Wales Book of the Year Award, in 1993 and 1997. Above the Forests marks Ruth’s 90th birthday.