Raja Shehadeh's 'Palestinian Walks' brilliantly documents the ecological destruction of the West Bank, concreted over by settlers. Nicholas Heiney's 'The Silence at the Song's End' is a poignant record of a packed life and an honest passage through grief; Heiney committed suicide aged 23.
I sing unaccompanied Renaissance songs with a group. Last week, we did a Spanish setting from 1590 of "Canite Tuba" from the Book of Joel.
I expected to find 'Slumdog Millionaire' overhyped but it was intense, stylish, and the photography was amazing.
I don't watch much except wildlife, but I loved 'The Diary of Anne Frank'.
Jonathan Miller's 'La Bohème' at Covent Garden; he invented a whole new way of seeing it.
Krishna & Devotion at Asia House displays temple hangings from a sect in India – a visual and imaginative feast.
Ruth Padel’s book ‘Darwin: A Life in Poems’, is published by Chatto on 12 February. She will read from it at Somerset House, London WC2 on 9 February; call the Royal Society of Literature (020-7845 4676) for information. Her weekly programme ‘Darwin My Ancestor’ continues on Tuesdays at 9.30am on Radio 4Reuse content