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Reading and Q & A

Wednesday 1 May 2024

19.15 - 20.15 GMT


Reach '24

New Festival of Arts & Sustainability at Queen's University Belfast

An Artist / Practitioner Perspective

Friday 19 April 2024, 1.45 - 3.00pm

at Queen's University Belfast

'The Ballad of Yellow Wednesday:

a Poetry Reading', Emma Must

Transport Action Network Annual Conference, London

Readings from:

The Ballad of Yellow Wednesday 

Saturday 23 March 2024

10.00 - 17.00 GMT

NCVO, 8 All Saints Street, London N1 9RL


VERVE 2024 Poetry Festival

Out of Time: Poetry from the

Climate Emergency

Saturday 24 February 2024

2.00 - 3.30pm

with Seán Hewitt, Ella Duffy, Romalyn Ante, Rishi Dastidar,

and Emma Must. Chaired by Kate Simpson.

Birmingham Hippodrome: in person and livestream

Ó Bhéal Winter Warmer 2023

A Weekend of Poetry in Cork

Poetry Reading (via Zoom):

Emma Must and Fred D’Aguiar 

Saturday 25 November 2023
2.30 to 4.00pm

Seamus Heaney HomePlace

Ecopoetics with Kate Simpson,

Emma Must and Linda France

Thursday 23 November 2023

Poetry Jukebox


Wednesday 27 September 2023

Institute for Global Food Security,
19 Chlorine Gardens,
Belfast BT9 5DL

Friday 22 September 2023
3.30pm - 5.00pm

Howard Assembly Room, Leeds
Watch livestream here

Thursday 14 September 2023
Crescent Arts Centre
2 - 4 University Road 

Ciaran Carson Conference

The Wednesday Group Readings 

Wednesday 13 September 2023
4.15pm - 5.30pm
Canada Room & Council Chambers
Queen's University Belfast

Reading at HomePlace, 26 August 2023 - photo by Cathy Brown_edited.jpg

Seamus Heaney HomePlace

'A Note That Pays You Back': Ten Poets Read and Reflect

To commemorate the tenth anniversary of the death of Seamus Heaney

Saturday 26 August 2023
2.00pm - 5.30pm
Seamus Heaney HomePlace, Bellaghy 
with Alice Lyons, Niall Campbell,       Emma Must, Martin Dyar & Zaffar Kunial (event continues on Sunday)

John Hewitt International Summer School

Poetry Reading with Maureen Boyle and Emma Must

Tuesday 25 July 2023,11.15am 
Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre, Armagh

Belfast Book Festival

Greens, Tolls, Weeds: Zaffar Kunial,

Jess McKinney & Emma Must

Thursday 15 June 2023, 4.30pm
The Crescent, Belfast

Cúirt International Festival of Literature

A Changing Climate: Writing, Activism and the Environment 

Manchán Magan, Eoghan Daltun &

Emma Must in conversation with Ceara Carney

Saturday 22 April 2023, 1.00pm
Town Hall Theatre, Galway

Cúirt International Festival of Literature

Writing Collapse: Eco-poetry

with Daisy Lafarge,  Emma Must

and Selina Nwulu

Thursday 20 April 2023, 4.30pm
Nuns Island Theatre, Galway

Cork World Book Fest 

For the Love of the World: Eco Writing

with Emma Must, Eoghan Daltun and Grace Wells, presented by Keith Payne

Wednesday 19 April 2023, 8.00pm 
The City Library, Grand Parade, Cork


a collaboration of science and art

Quotidian - Word on the Street

& the Institute for Global Food Security

at Queen's University Belfast

Project launch 
Tuesday13th December 2022
The Institute for Global Food Security
at Queen's University Belfast,
19 Chlorine Gardens,

Window on Wildlife
RSPB Belfast
Belfast Lough

Q and A
Friday 9th December 2022
with Professor Moyra Haslett and her students, on The Ballad of Yellow Wednesday, ecopoetry, and the Romantics 

Paul Maddern launch tweet pic 8 Dec 2022.jpg

The Ballad of Yellow Wednesday

(Valley Press, Dec 2022)

Debut poetry collection launch

6.00 - 7.00pm

Thursday 8th December 2022

No Alibis Bookstore

83 Botanic Avenue

Belfast BT7 1JL

Photo by Paul Maddern 

Vital Signs

Poems of Illness and Healing

edited by Martin Dyar

published by Poetry Ireland

Book launch

Wednesday 12th October 2022

Books Upstairs,

17 D’Olier Street,
Dublin 2,
D02 RX06,

Book launch
Friday 29th April 2022
Accidental Theatre,
12-13 Shaftesbury Square, Belfast, BT2 7DB

EastSide Arts Festival 2021

The Best of Times, The Worst of Times: 

Paul Behrens in conversation with Emma Must and Andrea Montgomery

Thursday 12 August 2021

John Hewitt International Summer School 2021

Inspiring A Sustainable Future: The Role Of The Arts In Facing The Climate Crisis

With Prof. John Barry and Emma Must in Armagh and Emmi Itäranta live from Finland

Wednesday 28 July 2021
Marketplace Theatre, Armagh, & Online

April 2021
St Stephen's College, New Delhi
(Remote message)

'Languages of Poetry: Understanding Resistance & Isolation'

John Hewitt Society
November 2020

Community Arts Partnership Belfast
October 2020

Arts and Business Awards
Lyric Theatre, Belfast
January 2020

'Belfast Pastoral' performed by HIVE Choir

C S Lewis Festival
November 2018
East Belfast

Festival Launch Breakfast Reading

RES/FEST 18 Belfast 
Courtauld Institute
October 2018

Reading of commissioned poems at the Ulster Museum, with Stephen Sexton, Padraig Regan & Caitlin Newby

Duncairn Arts Centre

August 2018

North Belfast

'50' Event Reading


Freedom of the City of Belfast Event

for President Bill Clinton

& Senator George Mitchell

April 2018

20th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement
'Belfast Pastoral' performed at Ulster Hall


Freedom of the City of Belfast Event
for Sir Kenneth Branagh 
January 2018

'Belfast Pastoral' read by Julia Dearden
at Ulster Hall

Belfast Book Festival 
June 2017

The Best New British & Irish Poets 2017 

Launch Reading

Waterstones, Belfast
December 2016

All Through the Night, by Marie Heaney

Launch Reading

Belfast International Festival
October 2016

Hewitt Birthday Poetry Reading
with Alan Gillis, Iggy McGovern
& Frank Ormsby

Seamus Heaney Homeplace
September 2016

Opening Day Reading with Rachael Hegarty, Julie Morrissy & others; performance directed by David Grant

Derwent Festival 
November 2015

Portfolio Award Pamphlet Reading

St Stephen's College, New Delhi
August 2015

Poetry Reading

Central University of Tamil Nadu, India
August 2015

Poetry Reading

Templar Poetry Live
Keats House, London
June 2015

Notes on the Use of the Austrian Scythe

Launch Reading, with Erin Halliday

Belfast Book Festival 
June 2015

Lifeboat Reading, with David Wheatley and Francine Elena

No Alibis Bookshop, Belfast
April 2015

Notes on the Use of the Austrian Scythe 


Linen Hall Writers' Forum
January 2015

Reading with Jan Carson

Belfast Festival

Skainos Centre, East Belfast

October 2014

Nuala ní Dhomhnaill reading

100,000 Poets for Change
September 2014
Bookfinders, Belfast

Reading with Moyra Donaldson, Nandi Jola and Shelley Tracey

One City, One Book
May 2014

Poetry Reading

Northern Ireland Human Rights Festival
December 2013

'From the Republic of Conscience'
Poetry Reading, with Sinéad Morrissey,
Stephen Sexton & others

Poetry & Audience 60th Anniversary

October 2013

University of Leeds

Poetry Reading: Poetry & Audience Poets
Past and Present

National Museums Northern Ireland
and The John Hewitt Society
February 2013
Ulster Museum

Poetry Reading with Michael Longley


Ulster Hall 150th Anniversary
May 2012

'If the Walls Could Talk' Poetry Reading


International Women's Day
March 2012
Ulster Hall

Lunchtime Music and Poetry

Irish Pages
December 2011

'Up-And-Coming' Reading

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