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

It’s never winter in our Coffee-House Poetry calendar as Jan-Mar has always been Spring season & Spring 2018’s no exception, kicking off with a Gallery workshop on Sun 21 Jan & our first reading on Mon 5 Feb, a reading with a difference as philosopher Stuart Silver brings along three poets & a pianist in our unique roller-coaster read-round format, What We Should Have Said, with a roster of cellar-club regulars reading before the break (see pic & next event, right).

And two superb lists of poets join us to celebrate The Hippocrates Book of the Heart a fortnight later, on the Monday after Valentines’ (19 Feb): check out names on our readings page, as well as our end-of-season poetry-party theme which ties in neatly with…

… the first spring-season Troubadour Sunday Gallery session — Sun 21 Jan, Smoke & Mirrors, first outing for a new themed workshop on mirrors & reflected images — with the chance of reading at the end-of-season poetry party, Mirror, Mirror, on Mon 5 Mar. See full workshop/booking details on our classes page. And check out our annual Coffee-House Poetry residential week on the beautiful Antrim Coast which is now, I’m afraid, completely booked up, but do, if you haven’t already, join our e-mail list to keep up-to-date with the latest on our readings, classes & courses.

And we’ll have news of this year’s 2018 Troubadour International Poetry Prize in a month’s time so do check out, in the meantime, the prize-winning poems (& poets) from November’s fabulous prize night on our winners page, together with 10 years of previous prize-winning Troubadour poems.

See you all for the start of Spring 2018 on Sun 21 Jan or Mon 5 Feb!

readings - jan-mar 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 5 feb: what we should have said: an entertaining, enlightening, innovative & unpredictable spoken-word shindig with inua ellams, richard douglas pennant, sasha dugdale, huw warren & stuart silver plus, before the break, pop-up poetry
  • mon 19th feb, 8pm: heart of the matter: celebrating valentines night & the hippocrates book of the heart
  • mon 5 mar, 8pm: mirror, mirror, themed poetry-party

See full details of this season’s poetry readings

next event

mon 5 feb: what we should have said: an entertaining, enlightening, innovative & unpredictable spoken-word shindig with inua ellams, richard douglas pennant, sasha dugdale, huw warren & stuart silver plus, before the break, pop-up poetry

Listen as star wordsmiths spark off each other’s words, themes & ideas at arbitrary angles in a uniquely unpremeditated sequence, interspersed with impromptu counterpoint & off-the-cuff wit & wisdom…

  • Inua Ellams’s poetry pamphlets include Candy Coated Unicorns and Converse All Stars & #Afterhours (Nine Arches); his first play The 14th Tale won an Edinburgh Fringe First & his latest Barber Shop Chronicles has sold out its current National Theatre run
  • Poet, playwright, theatre-consultant, & translator, Sasha Dugdale, worked for British Council in Russia for 5 years in the late ’90s, & has edited Modern Poetry in Translation for the past five; her own latest collection is Joy (Carcanet, 2017)
  • 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 odd observations & droll discursions from Perrier-Award winning writer-perfomer-director Stuart Silver
  • all interwoven into a subtle soundscape by Huw Warren, leading fusion/multi-genre pianist/composer — who also plays with trumpeter/composer/arranger Neil Yates on Richard Douglas Pennant’s Lines in the Sky CD
  • plus our before-the-break pop-up where guest poets read one poem each – that’s Jude Vermeulen, Mark Chamberlain, Charlotte Baldwin, Katy Mack, Mary Powell, Steph Morris, Ingrid Leonard, Ian Mclachlan, Jan Heritage, Angus Strachan, Ella Frears, Lesley Sharpe, Barney Ashton, Elaine Baker, Fran O’leary, Rachel Donati, Andrew Ball, Stewart Carswell & Helen Adie

classes jan-mar & aug-sep 2018

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

  • sun 21 jan, 12-3.30 pm: smoke & mirrors: themed writing workshop with anne-marie fyfe
  • check website later or join e-mail list for details of further jan-mar 2018 Troubadour Sunday Gallery workshops

See full details of this season’s classes and workshops

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