Speakeasy Poetry Evening




Join us for our next very special Speakeasy Poetry Night when are delighted to be hosting the free on-line launch of award-winning poet John Freeman’s latest collection, Plato’s Peach together with contributions from two of John’s personally invited guests and our regular brilliant open mic. 

John will read a selection of poems from his stunning new collection from Worple Press, Plato’s Peach (www.worplepress.com/platos-peach) and will be joined by two wonderful guest poets, Linda Saunders and Amanda Rackstraw.

We also have a limited number of open mic slots available for this event. If you want to join the line-up of talent and read one poem (one side of A4 maximum length, please), email becky@theatreorchard.org.uk as soon as possible.


John Freeman was born in Essex and lived in south London, Cambridge and Yorkshire before moving to the Vale of Glamorgan in Wales where he taught at Cardiff University for many years. He has won the Bridport International Poetry Prize 2018 and third prize in the National poetry Competition 2012, while his last collection What Possessed Me won the Roland Matthias Award and the Wales Poetry Book of the Year Prize 2017.  

Plato’s Peach is both a collection of individual poems which can be enjoyed in any order and an unfolding adventure which takes on fuller resonance if read in sequence. The poems combine vivid evocations of time and place with an ongoing meditation about life and death, nature and art, home and abroad, family and friendships. They are by turns – and sometimes all at once – moving, disturbing, consoling, funny, playful and profound. Poet Jonathan Edwards says of it: ”Whether the poems recall a square of chocolate dropped by a brother, show compassion for the suffering of ill friends, or imagine the creative life of Monet, they always understand the special power of poetry to leap across the spaces between people, and connect us to each other in a way that nothing else can.” 

Linda Saunders lives in Bath and has had four collections of poetry published, including A Touch on the Remote (Worple Press). She was shortlisted for the BP Arts Journalist of the Year award and her first poetry collection was shortlisted for the Jerwood/Aldeburgh Prize.

Poet and actor, Amanda Rackstraw lives in Cardiff where she has taught creative writing at Cardiff University, had work produced at Chapter Arts Centre, been published in a range of journals and was runner-up in the John Tripp Poetry Prize.


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