Speakeasy Online Poetry Evening




The ever-popular, spoken word sensation ‘Speakeasy’ is back for 2022! The free online event includes an eclectic mix of guest professional poets and open mic sessions, with acclaimed guest poet Kathryn Bevis transporting us into the New Year with readings of her work in an intimate evening of wonderful wordery.

Kathryn Bevis is a poet and poetry teacher, founder of The Writing School Online, and was Hampshire Poet Laureate in 2020-21. Her poems have appeared widely in magazines and journals, including Poetry Ireland ReviewMslexia, The London Magazine, and The Interpreter’s House. In 2021, she won second place in the York Poetry Prize and her manuscript Mud and Spit was highly commended in the Mslexia Pamphlet Competition. She designs and delivers Poetry for Wellbeing courses for adults in mental health settings, substance-misuse recovery settings, and prisons. She recently headlined alongside Patience Agbabi at Winchester Poetry Festival and is currently working towards her first collection.

Presented by Theatre Orchard and led by Bob Walton and Sue Hill of The Write Box, the Speakeasy event features an open mic slot where members of the community are welcome to take to the Zoom stage themselves and share a poem – giving people the chance to spit bars, speak up and feel the Speakeasy love! Email becky@theatreorchard.org.uk to book in.

Whether you’d like to read your own poetry or just come along to hear some great writing, the Speakeasy promises a creative evening to fill the soul for everyone.


For more information on Speakeasy and The Write Box’s fortnightly Creative Writing meet up, pop over to our latest news HERE

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