POETRY LATE BITE: August 10
Ruth Padel is an award-winning British poet, author, wildlife conservationist and musician. She has published twelve poetry collections, seven works of non-fiction and a wildlife novel. She is Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and Professor of Poetry at King’s College London. Her latest book is Beethoven Variations – Poems on a Life. Tracking Beethoven’s footsteps, through Germany, Austria and Silesia, Ruth tells his inner story through poems that draw on his diaries, letters and music. She threads her story with fragments of her own music-making, in song and on the viola, Beethoven’s instrument as a child. After the poems, she gives a brief prose biography and list of his major works so you can see where music you love fits into his life. In July 2020, Ruth recorded poems on Beethoven’s life for Bangalore International Centre, illustrated by playing and conversation from musicians.