David Harsent

David Harsent has recently given readings at:

  • The Seamus Heaney Centre, Queen's University, Belfast
  • Cambridge Wordfest
  • Chichester Festival
  • The Bloomsbury Hotel
  • The South Bank Centre
  • Waterstone's Bookshop
  • The Water Poet Pub
  • The Print Room Theatre
  • Toppings Bookshop
  • Lerwick: Wordfest
  • Dun Loaghair: Mountains to Sea
  • The Discovery Centre, Winchester


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  • Wednesday 12th – Appearance at the Cork Festival
  • Thursday 20th – Interview on Resonance Radio
  • Monday 24th – Masterclass, “Song Lyrics – Do it your way” – Room QB248, Southlands College, University of Roehampton. Online booking required.
  • 16th - 22nd – Teaching Words and Music course at Snape Maltings
  • Thursday 27th – Reading at the Cabinet Office
  • April 28th - May 3rd – Teaching, Arvon Poetry Course
  • Saturday, May 10th – Reading/workshop, Poetry Next the Sea Festival
  • Friday, May 16th – Performance of Gawain, The Barbican
  • Sunday, May 18th – Performance of Songs from the Same Earth, the Wigmore Hall
  • Friday 4th – Reading for the Cold Weather Shelter
  • 8th - 12th – Poetry reading & lecture, the Robert Graves Conference on Deia
  • Tuesday 19th – Reading at the Edinburgh Festival
  • Wednesday 20th – Talk on African Painted Dogs (with poems) at London Zoo
  • Tuesday 26th – Reading at Barnes Bookshop
  • Saturday 6th – Reading with Toby Martinez de las Rivas - Rugby Tavern, WC1N 3ES
  • Friday 26th – Reading in Athens
  • Saturday 27th – City walk in Athens - poetry & reflections on Yannis Ritsos
  • Monday 29th – Reading at Topping's Bookshop, Bath
  • Sunday 5th – Reading at London Zoo (with others)
  • Monday 6th – Reading at Cheltenham Festival
  • Friday 10th – Reading at launch of the 'Next Review' - LRB Bookshop
  • Sunday 12th – Workshop and reading - Wimbledon Festival
  • Saturday 18th – Reading at the Isle of Wight Festival
  • Thursday 13th – Reading at the Masonic Archive, Great Queen Street
  • Monday 24th – Reading for Poet in the City - British Library
  • Thursday 4th – Reading at the ‘Print Room at the Coronet’, Notting Hill, London


The Minotaur (opera) – music by Harrison Birtwistle
  • January 17, 21, 24, 26, 28 – main stage, the Royal Opera House
  • Thursday 13th – Songs from the Same Earth, Aldeburgh Festival – music by Harrison Birtwistle
  • Friday 26th – Gawain, new production at the Salzburg Festival – music by Harrison Birtwistle
  • Friday 30th – Reading at Wordplay, Shetland Book Festival, Lerwick
September & October
  • Friday 6th Sept – Reading, Mountains to the Sea Festival, Dun Laoghaire
  • Friday 27th – South Bank Centre (Poetry London launch)
  • Sunday 29th - Sunday 6th – Reading at various venues at the International Poetry Festival in South Korea
  • Tuesday 22nd Oct – Reading at the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution with Sean O’Brien


January - February
  • Jan 16th — T.S. Eliot Prize Reading at the Royal Festival Hall
  • Jan 30th - Feb 4th — Teaching at the Hurst, Arvon Course
  • 12th – Norwich Showcase reading with Lavinia Greenlaw and Frances Leviston
  • 29th – Reading at the Seamus Heaney Centre, Belfast
  • 13th – Reading with Emma Jones and Esther Morgan at the Cambridge Wordfest
  • 14th – Poetry workshop: Cambridge Wordfest
The Yellow Wallpaper (concert piece) – music by Simon Holt
  • April 20th — St. David’s Hall, Cardiff
  • 6th – Reading at Koerner Hall, Toronto, as part of the Griffin Poetry Prize Event
  • 10th – Reading with Jo Shapcott at the Dovedale Festival
  • 26th – Reading at Chichester Festivities
  • 2nd – Opera workshop: “Atelier Opera en Création”, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence
  • 12th – Reading with Anne Stevenson at Lauderdale House, London
August - September
  • September 22nd – Reading at the King’s Lynn Festival
In the Locked Room (opera) — music by Huw Watkins
  • August 30th - Sept 2nd – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh International Festival
  • Sept 6th – Theatre Royal, Glasgow
  • Sept 27, 28, 29 – the Linbury Theatre, the Royal Opera House
  • 10th - 13th – Opera workshop (with Judith Weir), Bergen
  • 10th – Reading at The Woodstock Bookshop


  • Wednesday 26th, 6.30pm — Reading from Night at Barnes Bookshop, Church Road, Barnes SW13
  • Tuesday 1st, 6.30pm — Reading from Night at Daunt’s Bookshop, Fulham Road
  • Tuesday 8th — Reading from Night at the UEA Festival
  • Thursday 10th — Reading from Night (with Jo Shapcott & Don Paterson) at the LRB Bookshop, 14 Bury Place, London WC1A 2JL
  • Tuesday 15th, 8pm — Reading from “Night” at the Toppings Bookshop, Bath.
  • 11th to 16th — Reading at the Sarajevo Festival (Poetry Days)
  • 27th — Reading at the Edinburgh Book Festival
  • 14th — Reading at the Cheltenham Festival
  • 9th — Guest reader on Arvon Course, Totleigh Barton Manor