The voices that she invokes are often the 'unremembered' ones: a failed medieval prince, a schoolchild, a local farmer, a lost dog. Her deceptively plain language and quiet humour, her keenly attentive eye for striking imagery and her ear for anecdote give us poems that are at once accessible and profound. Singing to Wolves is sure to please her discerning readership, who span the generations, as well as to recruit new fans to the pleasures of her poems.
"There is no false sentiment in Ruth Bidgood's work, just humanity and clear-sightedness."
"... the least contrived, the least flashy, the most numinous and closest to some long-established fundamental essence of poetry. A voice genuinely permeated by an alertness to the historical imagination, to mortality, to humanity."
Ruth Bidgood was born in Blaendulais, near Neath, educated at Oxford, and worked as a coder in Alexandria, Egypt in World War Two. She has lived in mid-Wales since the mid-sixties. The author of several prize-winning volumes of poetry, she also writes local history.