Poetry Readings, Classes and Prizes at the Troubadour: 263-267 Old Brompton Road, London SW5

“… life, literature, and the pursuit of happiness in the famous Troubadour cellar-club, London’s liveliest and best–loved poetry landmark since the 1950s …”

Former US Poet-Laureate Billy Collins on the Troubadour’s 60th birthday as a writer’s café…
           Thanks to the zeal of its many managers and promoters, the Troubadour has evolved over its 60 year history from a hidden-away beatnik coffee house to a world famous center for the performance of music and poetry. Its walls have become storied, and if only the place had halls, they would be hallowed. The Troubadour was the scene of the first reading I gave in the UK, and I count myself among the long line of poets who are eager to return and darken its doorway again.

welcome

from Coffee-House Poetry organiser, Anne-Marie Fyfe

And I’m off! Leaving early January (with Cahal) to teach poetry (joint writers-in-residence) at North Carolina’s Lenoir Rhyne University. That’s after such a fantastic Oct-Dec #coffeehousepoetry programme ending with a super party-night celebration, & an exciting-as-ever annual Poetry Prize, all done & dusted.

We’ve been reading/lecturing in US for 6-10 weeks each spring (after Feb/Mar Troubadour events) but as this is a full four-month semester at LRU, next Troubadour #poetrymonday won’t be until after the Easter break (Mon 27 May, see right) with more summer-season readings to follow, so do check website or sign-up to e-list now for updates on events & classes, 2019’s Troubadour International Poetry Prize judges, rules, prizes, deadlines etc, & our annual summer residential tba.

See you all in May!!

#sundaygallery classes & courses - may-jun 2019

Check back later for details of May-Jun 2019 classes & & our annual summer residential — & if you’re not already on our regular e-list, sign-up now!

troubadour gallery sundays 12-3.30 pm: £28 at the troubadour

advance booking only as our workshops/classes (limited to 15 attendees) are frequently oversubscribed: pay via PayPal (see classes page) or cheque to Coffee-House Poetry, PO Box 16210, LONDON W4 1ZP: if overbooked you’ll be informed by e-mail & refunded promptly

See full details of classes and workshops

Poet & Dedalus Press editor, Pat Boran, who stars in 27th May’s What We Should Have Said (see below)

next event

mon 27 may 2019: what we should have said: an entertaining, enlightening, innovative & unpredictable spoken-word shindig with pat boran, martina evans, richard douglas pennant, stuart silver, & huw warren plus, before the break, pop-up poetry

Sponsored by Cegin Productions

Enjoy a uniquely Troubadour fusion of poetry, wit, wisdom & musical counterpoint as words-&-music artists spark off each other’s inspirations, angles, & interventions:

  • Pat Boran is editor of Dedalus Press, has written memoir & fiction, edited anthologies, presented The Poetry Programme on RTÉ, & written 8 collections of poetry including Waveforms: Bull Island Haiku (Orange Crate, 2015)
  • Martina Evans, poet, novelist, & Royal Literary Fund Advisory Fellow, grew up in County Cork: her 2016 new & selected is followed by Now We Can Talk Openly About Men (Carcanet, 2018)
  • Richard Douglas Pennant divides his time between Cyprus & his native North Wales; his latest collection Lines in the Sky (Cinnamon, 2017) is accompanied by a CD of poems set to music
  • with surreal segués & from the ineffably effervescent Perrier-Award winning Stuart Silver
  • all interwoven into jazz/classical/fusion pianist Huw Warren’s subtle soundscape
  • plus our before-the-break pop-up where Troubadour guest poets read one poem each – check-back later for line-up details!

#poetrymondays - may-jun 2019

mondays 8-10 pm, £7 at the troubadour

for advance booking: pay via PayPal (on readings page) or cheque to Coffee-House Poetry at PO Box 16210, LONDON W4 1ZP

  • mon 27 may 2019: what we should have said: an entertaining, enlightening, innovative & unpredictable spoken-word shindig with pat boran, martina evans, richard douglas pennant, stuart silver, & huw warren plus, before the break, pop-up poetry

Sponsored by Cegin Productions

More 2019 summer-season events to follow — & if you’re not already on our regular e-list, sign-up now!

See full details of poetry readings

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The Troubadour is at 263–267 Old Brompton Road, London SW5.

See www.troubadour.co.uk for details, and our contact page for directions and a map.

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