15 May, 2021

Ruth Padel

The great-great-granddaughter of Charles Darwin was at the Bombay Natural History Society for a talk on nature poetry and writing

Ruth Padel

Your talk was titled Writing the Forest

When I first went into a tiger forest, it was like going into a poem. The forest is the image of biodiversity and the unique interrelatedness of every living form to another.

Poetry and science belong to two different worlds. How do you bring them together?

I don’t see them belonging to different worlds. Precision is what they have in common.

How do you see nature writing in the context of global warming?

Climate change is an important issue. As a writer, I can describe the forest and bear witness to it and thereby be useful to the conservationists who are fighting to preserve the forest.

Few poets today dwell on nature.

The trend is changing and there are very good poets writing about their local issues.

You’ve worked on tiger conservation. How do you rate conservation efforts in India?

There are good wildlife reserves and...

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