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.


from Coffee-House Poetry organiser, Anne-Marie Fyfe

Back from my coastal travels (of which more on Mon 12 Nov) & an Antrim-Coast, #coffeehousepoetry summer residential week, to a series of five fantastic #poetrymondays (with interwoven #sundaygallery workshops) from now to Christmas when we celebrate the season’s end with an un-slushy/un-sentimental look at the poetry of snow (on Mon 10 Dec)!

But first, do remember that Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2018 is open for submissions right now with a deadline of Mon 22 Oct — your chance to be one of those oustanding poets who not only collects a major Troubadour prize, but gets to read your prizewinning poem with 2018 judges Jo Shapcott & Daljit Nagra at – one of the season’s highlights, Earls Court’s equivalent of the Oscars – our Mon 26 Nov Prize Night.

As to upcoming events, an amazing opener with Chester Johnson who worked with WH Auden on the American Episcopal Church’s retranslation of the psalms, & with Elizabeth Powell whose title poem Tony Hoagland describes as wild, entertaining & ambitious, backed by 20 Troubadour poets’ choices of right-now poems that take us to America, right now!

That’s followed by some of the best of this year’s new writing from six headline guests & some great Troubadour poets all reading new work.

And for those of you who’ve wondered about the Arts-Council-funded words&music performance The Voyage Out that I’ve taken to Suffolk, Cornwall, Devon, Antrim, Cork, Wexford, Scottish Highlands & Islands, Boston, Martha’s Vineyard, Maine & Nova Scotia, the project ends with a performance at #coffeehousepoetry on Mon 12 Nov (with music, plus sea/coastal openers by 21 Troubadour poets.)

And first workshop of the autumn now posted on classes page!

Hope to see lots of you for our To Look for America evening on Mon 15 Oct.

#sundaygallery classes & courses - oct-dec 2018

  • sun 14 & sun 28 oct, 12-3.30 pm: minds of snow: two-part themed writing workshop with anne-marie fyfe

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

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next event

mon 15 oct, 8pm: to look for america, with j chester johnson, elizabeth powell, & 20 troubadour poets reading current us poetry

First #poetrymonday of the season with two US guest poets, guest readers with US poem-choices, & a ‘Paul Simon’ guitar spot … all come to look for America

  • poet & dramatist J Chester Johnson (latest collection Now & Then: Selected Longer Poems) is noted for his writing on 9/11, on racial injustice, & on the Civil Rights struggle: his collaboration with WH Auden is the subject of Auden, The Psalms and Me (2017)
  • poet & professor Elizabeth Powell is a winner of the Philip Levine Prize, latest collection Willy Loman’s Reckless Daughter or Living Truthfully Under Imaginary Circumstances
  • plus, J Chester Johnson & Elizabeth Powell ‘in-conversation’ with Cahal Dallat
  • with 20 Troubadour poets each with their contemporary US poem choices including Warren Czapa, Steve Kendall, Matt Barnard, Jan Heritage, Catherine Davidson, Miranda Peake, June Lausch, Sue Greenhill, Diana Pooley, Matthew Paul, Michelle Penn, Barbara Barnes, Elaine Baker, Betsy De Lotbiniere, Mary Powell, Rosie Johnston, Jo Roach, Karen Rydings & Nancy Hynes
  • plus, as poet & troubadour Paul Simon hangs up his guitar after his last London gig this summer, we celebrate his (1964) first London gig at the Troubadour with singer/guitarist, Henry Fajemirokun

#poetrymondays - oct-dec 2018

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 15 oct, 8pm: to look for america, with j chester jonson, elizabeth powell, & 20 troubadour poets reading current us poetry
  • mon 29 oct, 8pm: the best new writing with fiona moore, scarlett sabet, oliver comins, mara bergman, fiona larkin, & bryony littlefair, plus troubadour-poets with new poems…
  • mon 12 nov, 8pm: the voyage out with anne-marie fyfe, cahal dallat, & 21 new maritime poems written by guest poets
  • mon 26 nov, 8pm: troubadour international poetry prize night: 2018 judges jo shapcott & daljit nagra read with 2018 prizewinners
  • mon 10 dec: no snowflakes: a themed poetry-party with invited guest readers, music & prize quiz

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