Ruth Padel is an award-winning British poet. Her recent collections include Darwin, A Life in Poems, The Mara Crossingon migration and immigration, and Learning to Make an Oud in Nazareth on the Middle East. ‘An exquisite image-maker whose voice has an astonishing resonance’ (Cólm Toibín).Ruth is Reader in Poetry at King’s College London and Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. She was Judge for the 2016 International Man Booker Prize and is Chair of Judges for the 2016 T S Eliot Prize. Her new book Tidings explores complex global and historical meanings of Christmas today.