Speakeasy online poetry event




Following the success of Theatre Orchard’s online 2020 poetry events, the popular ‘Speakeasy’ hosted by Bob Walton, returns for an intimate evening of wonderful words, featuring critically-acclaimed guest poet Rebecca Tantony, whose writing has been described as ‘mesmerising’ in the Guardian.



Fancy getting up and sharing your own poem? Speakeasy has an open mic, giving you the opportunity to spit bars, speak up, feel the love. You are invited to take to the Zoom stage for up to 4 minutes – just drop becky@theatreorchard.org.uk a line before Monday 25 January to book in.


Rebecca Tantony is a writer and facilitator driven to understand the messy and wild human experience in greater depth. She’s committed to exploring, peeling back layers, narratives and behaviours.

Rebecca has been commissioned by Radio 4, read her work on the BBC and her writing has been described as ‘mesmerising’ in the Guardian. She has performed in numerous venues, including the Royal Albert Hall, the Natural History Museum and Southbank Centre, at music and literary festivals throughout the UK, and poetry readings have taken her to Turkey, Romania, America, Sweden and South Africa. She is the author of collections Talk You Round Till Dusk (Burning Eye, 2015), All the Journeys I Never Took (Burning Eye, 2017) and her latest book, Arts Council funded Singing My Mother’s Song ( Burning Eye, 2019). In 2016 she received an MA in creative writing and a distinction for her final manuscript. In 2017 she toured an Arts Council funded one-on-one immersive spoken word show, under the same title as her second collection. Her work has been published in Magma, Oh Comely, Ink, Sweat and Tears and Mslexia.

Rebecca is currently teaching the Performance Poetry module and Creative Writing to BA students at Bath Spa University. She has been writer in residence for various institutes and organisations, including First Story and Wits University, Johannesburg. She has taught workshops in schools as part of the secondary curriculum, and outside schools to those excluded from education, ex-offenders, refugee groups and the elderly. She wholeheartedly believe that everyone has a story that deserves to be heard.


Bob Walton was born in Cardiff and has been coming to Weston since he was 6 months old… and that was a long time ago! His second collection of poems, ‘Sax Burglar Blues’, was shortlisted for Wales Arts Review’s ‘Best Book from Wales in 2018’. A member of The Spoke poetry group, he has done readings across the UK. He was Head of English at Worle School for 6 years and now teaches creative writing at Cardiff University. He has been involved with Theatre Orchard since it was set up, both as a board member and as an artist, and currently runs Chapter 1 online creative writing group with The Write Box, together with Sue Hill.


Whether you’d like to read your own poetry or just come along to hear some great writing, this is for everyone

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