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Listen to Ruth reading Beethoven poems, and talking about Beethoven’slife, at the opening session of the AUD Indelible Festival of Literature, Dubai, March 14th 2021

Hear Ruth read her poem Nightsinging in a Time of Plague, a response to Keats’ ‘Ode to a Nightingale’, on the Bicentenary of Keats’ death, February 23rd 2021.

A reading from Beethoven Variations, and discussion with poet Suhit Kelkat in Mumbai, for [email protected], February 6th 2021

July 2020: for Extinction Rebellion and XR Writers Rebel, Ruth reads a new sequence on water and climate change, ‘Twenty-Four Splashes of Denial’

July 2020, Bangalore International Centre: Ruth reads poems through Beethoven’s life, illustrated by musicians.

Part 1 Childhood, Arrival in Vienna, Worries about Deafness

Part 2 Artistic Triumph, Failure in Love

Part 3 ‘The Essence of Romanticism’: Anguish in a Time of War

Part 4 ‘The Immortal Beloved: Despair – and his Astonishing Late Style’

Podcast of Beethoven event, 2020, London Review Bookshop: Ruth with poets Anthony Anaxagorou and Ray Antrobus

November 2019, Ruth reads ‘Your Life as a Wave’, her poem in response to Shakespeare’s Sonnet 60, in the British Council Pakistan garden in Lahore.

Poetry Reading at 92Y Poetry Center, New York, 2019

Two poems (after speeches) at Inaugural Session of 2019 Jaipur Literary Festival.

Performance at Jaipur Festival 2019 with Ben Okri, Kaveh Akbar, Tishani Doshi and Zeina Beck, introduced by William Sieghart

Poetry Hour Jaipur 2019, with Kaveh Akbar, Akhil Katyal, Anupama Raju, Devesh Alakh and Makarand R. Paranjape, moderated by Satyajit Sarna

2019 Ruth talking about her life with radio presenter Gideon Coe, for Postcards from the Past

2017 talking about Charles Darwin at Heraklion Natural History Museum, Crete (mostly in Greek)

2016 First reading from Tidings, Serpentine Gallery, London

2016 Meet the Writer, radio interview with Monocle Magazine

January 2015 ‘We break the line to shape it.’ Reading from Learning to Make an Oud in Nazareth in the 2014 T. S. Eliot Prize readings, introduced by Ian Macmillan: ‘She shows how in agony and redemption we reach for language, moving towards that fantastic last line; ‘Making is our defence against the dark.’

2015 Talking about Learning to Make an Oud in Nazareth, in Venice

2014 Talking about her crucifixion poems (from Learning to Make an Oud in Nazareth) and the Seven Last Words by Josef Haydn, with cellist David Waterman of the Endellion Quartet

2014 Reading ‘To Speak of Distance’ (from Learning to Make an Oud in Nazareth) commissioned for Nowhere Island

2013 Reading ‘Time to Fly’ for New Networks for Nature.

2012 Talking about science and poetry with philosopher Mary Midgeley

2009 In conversation at Cambridge Darwin Festival 2009

Indian Princess Picks Lover Out from Gods’, Poetry Archive 1998

Poems for The Poetry Archive, 1998

Ruth’s poem ‘The Cello’, read on Poetry Monday

Photo by Mark Gerson, National Portrait Gallery, London

At the Russian Samovar, New York, 2019

Reading at the Opening of the 2019 Jaipur Literature Festival

Reading in Little Gidding Church with string quartet, 2014