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

Oliver Comins, first-up of our #coffeehousepoetry regulars to read a contemp. US poet at this #poetrymonday’s Born in the USA! extravaganza, with Univ. of North Florida poets, singer/songwriter Devon Halliday, Jacksonville language/performance artist #clarklunberry, & headline guests Dan O’Brien (Santa Monica), Kathryn Maris (NY), & Mark Halliday (Ohio).

As to first-half selections, Oliver chose Chelsey Minnis – other Troubadour poets chose Lucille Clifton, Dennis Nurkse, Hayden Carruth, Billy Collins, Charles Simic, Terrance Hayes, some of them former Troubadour guests, including Billy Collins, who headlines along with Kathryn Maris at this year’s John Hewitt International Summer School in Armagh.

Thanks, all for a dazzling (& packed-out) evening of transatlantic poets & poetry! And don’t miss our next sparkling #poetrymonday, #coffeehousepoetry’s end-of-summer-term party which just happens, this time, to be entitled Endings — allowing our guest poets to explore happy endings, grand finales, open endings, the last word, the final say, the end of the beginning, & the beginning of the end, endless possibilities, in fact. (Details, see right, book now via PayPal on our readings page!)

See you at the party!

classes & courses

#sundaygallery workshops 12-4 pm: £35 at the troubadour

  • sun 2 jun & sun 23 jun, 12-4pm: memory cloud: retracing steps poetry workshop with anne-marie fyfe
  • advance booking only via PayPal or cheque to Coffee-House Poetry, PO Box 16210, LONDON W4 1ZP

also, elsewhere…

  • sun 9 jun, sun 16 jun & sun 23 jun, 2.30-5pm, land of heart’s desire: wb yeats literary walks with cahal dallat in bedford park, london w4
  • mon 22—sat 27 jul, john hewitt international summer school 2018, a week of readings, talks, lectures, discussions, creative writing, drama, music, with poets including Billy Collins, Kathryn Maris, Mona Arshi, Kerry Hardie, Fiona Benson, Mary Jean Chan, Tamar Yoseloff, Billy Ramsell, Sarah Clancy & Zaffar Kunial, plus novelists, playwrights, musicians, political thinkers & much more, armagh
  • mon 26 aug to sat 31 aug, summer poetry in the glens of antrim, carnlough

See full details of classes and workshops

next event

mon 24 jun @8 pm: endings: end-of-season poem-party celebrating finales, conclusions, and the last of anything & everything…

At the end of the day endings may be even more important to writers than beginnings, not just last lines, happy endings, twists-in-the-tail, poetic punchlines, final movements, literary denouements, epilogues, wrappings-up & post-scripts…

… but real-life endings, the end of summer, end of childhood, of a friendship, a relationship, job, the end of the rainbow, the year’s end, Land’s End, coming to the end of the line, dead ends, the light at the end of the tunnel, Douglas Adams’ Restaurant at the End of the Universe, Graham Greene’s End of the Affair, Samuel Beckett’s Endgame, Van Morrison’s Dark End of the Street or Leonard Cohen’s Dance Me to the End of Love.

Come along and listen to invited guests read their poems on this open-ended, never-ending theme, listen to endings-themed music (final movements, The Last Waltz and more…) & join in our not-too-serious ‘endings’ quiz: answers — & wine prizes — at the very end & we have, as ever, the final say!

#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: what we should have said: an entertaining, enlightening, innovative & unpredictable spoken-word shindig with pat boran, martina evans, richard douglas pennant, a.f. harrold, & peter foggitt plus, before the break twenty-one troubadours with poems on the theme of chance…
  • mon 10 jun: born in the usa! celebrating american poets & poetry, with dan o’brien, kathryn maris, mark halliday, university of north florida poetry group, plus singer/guitarist mark ari, & 21 troubadour poets each with a favourite american poem
  • wed 12 jun: poetry places with special guest imtiaz dharker, bedford park festival poetry evening hosted by anne-marie fyfe with music by cahal dallat @ st. michael & all angels hall, chiswick
  • mon 24 jun: endings: end-of-season poem-party celebrating finales, conclusions, and the last of anything & everything… with guest poets, music & prize-quiz

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