Ruth Padel’s Emerald

Photo: by Luigi Cazzanigana

RUTH Padel is a poet, novelist, literary critic and a direct descendant of Charles Darwin. Through her grandmother, Padel is Darwin’s great-great granddaughter. Her visit to Limerick for a poetry reading will be in homage to her late mother Hilda who died last year.

Reading from her new collection ‘Emerald’, Ruth Padel will present on Thursday August 30 at The Granary Library, Michael Street at 6.30pm. The platform is created for her by Limerick Writers’ Centre.

Hilda Padel was a naturalist who passed away last year aged 97. We are told that Emerald’s “darkly luminous poems speak of the journey into the subterranean realm of the afterlife, and are suffused with the memory and promise of joy.”

The writer has a long association with the culture of the Eastern Mediterranean and has been active in raising the plight of refugees fleeing Syria.

The reading is part of the ‘On the Nail @ The Library’ reading series hosted by The Limerick Writers’ Centre and is supported by the Arts Council of Ireland. It begins at 6.30pm.

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Ruth Padel will be accompanied by esteemed poet and playwright Neil Donnelly, a member of Aosdána.