Ruth Sophia Padel

Classical scholar, poet and journalist

Collections include The Mara Crossing and Darwin – A life in Poems and novels including Where the Serpent Lives.


A hedgehog star of icicles lit
By the sun’s last rays on the lip of a cliff.

From ‘Tinderbox’ in Rembrandt Would Have Loved You (London: Chatto & Windus, 1998)


Arriving at Ellis Island, I watch the glass alps of Manhattan
soar above one-storey buildings
From ‘The Music of Home’ (2012) in The Wolf A Decade: Poems from 2002-2012 (magazine based in London)



Ruth Sophia Padel
by Mark Gerson
bromide print, 1995
NPG x132583
© Mark Gerson / National Portrait Gallery, London