Poetry Reading Pop-up: Hope and Renewal

In collaboration with Book Club Bunch we are excited to announce new events: poetry pop ups! As before, join us as we delve into literary works and enjoy masterpieces read out loud by amazing actors!

In January, we will explore the theme of hope and renewal. We will consider a wide interpretation of ‘hope’ that can be affected both from within and from without; from beauty as well as purpose.  The poems picked for this event feature very different styles and span almost 200 years, but each offers a unique take on the theme and will invigorate us for the new year.

During this session we will explore the following poems:

I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud (1807) William Wordsworth

‘Hope’ is The Thing with Feathers (1891) Emily Dickinson

To be of Use (1982) Marge Piercy

Won’t you Celebrate with me (1993) Lucille Clifton

Unlike other book clubs that expect participants to read in advance and prepare for the conversation, we welcome anyone to join the meetings 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 are sorry! This event has ended. However, you can book your place at one of our upcoming events.


Matthew has been with Book Club Bunch for three years and is our 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 RandomHouse WriteNow 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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