welcome

from Coffee-House Poetry organiser, Anne-Marie Fyfe

Booking now for Bedford Park Festival Yeats-Birthday Poetry Night with guest Jeremy Vine (see readings), plus a new course starting next week (see right) &, of course, our major news, that Jane Yeh & Glyn Maxwell will judge our 2024 Troubadour International Poetry Prize : £3,500 in prizes, with winners invited to read with judges in an online international prizenight celebration: poems on any theme, all via email submission & online payment, full details on our prizes page!

And check out (on the poems page) our 2023 winners below at online prizenight: (clockwise) judges Tom Sleigh in Brooklyn, Mona Arshi in Cambridge, & prizewiners (2nd) Simon Walsh in Vermont, (3rd) Jane Wilkinson in Norfolk, & (1st) Jennifer Harrison in Victoria, Australia, with commendeds from Toronto to Tasmania, plus Devon, Dublin, London, Edinburgh, Belfast, New South Wales, Surrey, etc & audience Zooming in from all around the world to hear great readings & Mona’s & Tom’s own poems & words of wisdom on what makes a great poem, & why poetry matters!

readings

  • thu 13 jun, 7.30 for 8pm, £10: bedford park festival — yeats-birthday poetry night: ‘in the deep heart’s core’ with special guest jeremy vine, hosted by anne-marie fyfe & cahal dallat

See full details of poetry readings

classes & courses

  • booking now
  • sun 23 jun—sat 24 aug, £280: solitary spaces: 9-wk creative-writing workshop series on solitude, with anne-marie fyfe
  • current
  • sun 26 may—sat 27 jul, £280: nocturne, a 9-wk creative-writing workshop series with anne-marie fyfe
  • fri 24 may—sat 13 jul, £280: between the lines – focus on form, a 7-wk close reading & critical masterclass with cahal dallat
  • sun 21 apr—sat 29 jun, £280: root & branch: the enchantment of trees: 9-wk creative-writing workshop series anne-marie fyfe
  • sun 7 apr—sat 15 jun, £280: the avian eye: 9-wk creative-writing workshop series with anne-marie fyfe
  • recent
  • fri 16 feb—sat 6 apr: between the lines #16, a 7-wk close reading & critical masterclass with cahal dallat
  • sun 11 feb—sat 13 apr: root & branch: the enchantment of trees: 9-wk creative-writing workshop series anne-marie fyfe
  • sun 4 feb—sun 7 apr: taking a walk: the poetry of footfall: 9-wk creative-writing workshop series with anne-marie fyfe
  • sun 7 jan—sat 9 mar: root & branch: the enchantment of trees: 9-wk creative-writing workshop series anne-marie fyfe
  • fri 5 jan—sat 24 feb: between the lines #15 – focus on form#1, a 7-wk close reading & critical masterclass with cahal dallat
  • 2023
  • sun 15 oct—sat 16 dec: solitary spaces: 9-wk creative-writing workshop series on solitude, with anne-marie fyfe
  • fri 27 oct—sat 16 dec: between the lines #14, a 7-wk close reading & critical masterclass with cahal dallat
  • sun 24 sep—sat 25 nov: the avian eye: 9-wk creative-writing workshop series with anne-marie fyfe
  • sun 3 sep—sat 4 nov: home truth: architecture & longing: 9-wk creative-writing workshop series with anne-marie fyfe
  • sun 8 oct, 2.30-5pm: land of heart’s desire: wb yeats literary walk with cahal dallat for wb yeats bedford park project

See full details of classes and workshops

art: philip mckay

next event

sun 23 jun—sat 24 aug, £280: solitary spaces: 9-wk creative-writing workshop series on solitude, with anne-marie fyfe

There is a solitude of space Emily Dickinson

Seclusion, silence, isolation: so often creativity’s spur, but how much do we really speak, in our poems, of the intensity of solitude, its potential for deep reflection, for solace, for the prospect of insights into both an interior universe & the busy outer world from which we find can ourselves in retreat, absented from the constant buzz of the everyday & social interaction.

Isolation’s been a key word on & off over the past two/three years, but in this course we’ll be exploring the much wider positive (& sometimes negative) implications of being confined, detached, of waiting for both endings & beginnings.

Your Solitary Spaces thoughts & theories, images, inspirations & tasks will arrive in your inbox weekly, ending with a module on ways to edit your writing. Two weeks later there’s a written appraisal of your submitted excerpt, followed by an end-of-course Zoom reading!

Numbers limited, email coffpoetry@aol.com to apply, & booking link will be forwarded if place available.

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