Poetry Reading: thoughts on cosmopolitanism

Join us as we delve into literary works and enjoy masterpieces read out loud by amazing actor – Matthew Peter-Carter! 

Our theme in July focuses on cosmopolitanism and discusses its ideas. These are the poems for the next session:

  • Text – Carol Ann Duffy
  • Thank You For Waiting – Simon Armitage
  • Cosmopolitan Greetings – Allen Ginsberg
  • Things – Lisel Mueller
  • The Planners – Boey Kim Cheng

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 actor and English literature scholar. 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.

Please, note:

  • the total duration of the event is 1h
  • guests do not need any prior training or expertise in poetry – anyone is welcome to join
  • our poetry reading sessions are designed for a small group of guests and offer a friendly, relaxing atmosphere – they are not recorded
  • the number of seats for each event is limited
  • if you wish to join us and always have a guaranteed spot – you may consider one of our membership plans

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Matthew Peter-Carter
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Matthew Peter-Carter is an actor, writer, children’s educator, and the Creative Director of Book Club Bunch. Matthew studied BA English Language and Literature at the University of Oxford, graduating with a First Class (with Honours), before completing a MA in Music Theatre at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, where he graduated with Distinction. He is particular fascinated with etymology, the latency of Romanticism in the Victorian era, and all things Gerard Manley Hopkins – as well as a good fantasy novel!

He is currently a Finalist of Penguin Random House’s ‘WriteNow’ programme, finishing his debut children’s middle-grade adventure novel ‘Arthur Saves Christmas (In August)’ as part of a trilogy under the mentorship of a Penguin editor. Acting credits include ‘Brass’ (The Union Theatre), originating the role of Dean in ‘Sing for your Supper’ (Chiswick Playhouse), various UK touring shows, and many a panto… 

Matthew is also a singer, trumpeter, marathon runner, and conscientious vegetarian with a penchant for a great burger! You can follow him on twitter at @matthewp_c.

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