Poetry Reading: Peace

In collaboration with Book Club Bunch we are excited to announce our next poetry reading evening! Join us as we delve into literary works and enjoy masterpieces read out loud by amazing actors! 

In September we will focus on poems exploring ideas of Peace.

We will read and explore the different perception and treatment of peace and conflict in poems ranging from the mid 16th century to the late 20th century.

  • Jonne Donne, Batter My Heart, Three-person’d God
  • Rupert Brooke, The Soldier
  • Wilfred Owen, Dulce et Decorum est
  • Mary Oliver, Wild Geese
  • Edna St Vincent Millay, First Fig

Unlike other book clubs that expect participants to read in advance and prepare for the conversation, we welcome anyone to join the meeting without any preparation. You just have to be there and enjoy the finest works of poetry, read aloud by professional actors and English literature scholars. We will also allow sufficient time to discuss every poem in a group and reflect on how the ideas and emotions are emphasised by the power of language.

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Matthew has been with Book Club Bunch for three years and is a Creative Director and a Senior Reader. Matthew is passionate about English Language and Literature, graduating in 2017 with a first class degree from Oxford University. He is particular fascinated with etymology and has a wealth of knowledge about the origin of words. A keen writer himself, he was shortlisted in the Penguin Random House Write Now initiative to win a publishing deal for his middle grade manuscript. We wait to hear!

Matthew is equally passionate about acting and graduated from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in 2018 with Distinction in the MA Music Theatre course. He made his acting debut in 2018 in Brass at The Union Theatre, and has recently performed in the development of a new opera farce ‘Sing for your Supper’ at Chiswick Playhouse.

Matthew is also a singer, trumpeter, marathon runner, and conscientious vegetarian with a penchant for a great burger!

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