LISTEN TO POEMS, DISCUSSIONS, TALKS, PERFORMANCES:
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.
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.
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
Photo by Mark Gerson, National Portrait Gallery, London