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

A rapt — & packed to the rafters audience as Belfast’s Stephen Sexton steps up to the mic — one of five 5-star guests in a dazzling display of poetry pyrotechnics at last night’s swirling What We Should Have Said sequence along with poets Greta Stoddart (East Devon) & Richard Douglas Pennant (North Wales) each coming up with one poem after another, each triggered by something said in the last or last-but-one piece, each catching ideas, motifs, connections from the other, from the ether… with subtle sounds from Peter Foggitt on piano, droll conjectures from philosopher Stuart Silver… & of course, 20 suberb poem premieres from first-half Coffee-House Poets rising to the before-the-break challenge/commission on a theme of words, spoken & unspoken.

Another mustn’t-miss #poetrymonday comes up — you can book now via PayPal — on Dec 2nd when we wrap this superb season with a kaleidoscopic multi-coloured cavalcade of poems in every shade, hue, tone & Technicolor tint — the full poetry palette (plus music & blancs-et-rouges prize quiz) at our festive end-of-season poem party, Over the Rainbow see right). And see you there!

#sundaygallery classes - oct-dec 2019

sundays 12-4 pm: £35 at the troubadour

  • advance booking only via PayPal or cheque to Coffee-House Poetry, PO Box 16210, LONDON W4 1ZP
  • sun 24 nov & sun 8 dec, 12—4pm both days at the troubadour
    memory cloud#2: house — the home movie, poetry workshop with anne-marie fyfe
  • sun 20 oct, 12-4pm memory cloud: complexities of blue, poetry workshop with anne-marie fyfe
  • sun 20 oct, 2.30-5pm, land of heart’s desire: wb yeats literary walk with cahal dallat

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mondays 8-10 pm, £7 at the troubadour

for advance booking: pay via PayPal or cheque to Coffee-House Poetry, PO Box 16210, LONDON W4 1ZP

mon 2 dec: over the rainbow, a multi-coloured end-of-season poetry-party celebration

Red wheelbarrows, white chickens, blue Mondays, scarlet letters, red, red roses, pink panthers, purple rain, indigo moods, yellow wallpaper, scarlet ribbons, silver spurs, lapis lazuli, white cliffs, red October, green gables, blue murder, rose-red cities, green eggs and ham, whiter shades of pale, crimson petals, green tomatoes… novelists, film-makers, songsters & poets play with a seemingly infinite & dazzling colour-spectrum!

Come along and hear the primary colours or subtle shades that our invited guest poets have come up with: specially written or selected from their shelves, to celebrate the end of a colourful season with a hint of this, a dash of that, all with a splash of colour to enliven our poetry carnival – with a know-your-colourchart quiz to test your wits & take-home prizes in red & white!

#poetrymondays - oct-dec 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 21 oct: october revelations with richard scott, rebecca perry, hannah sullivan & lisa kelly plus 20 troubadours with new odes to autumn
  • mon 4 nov: behind the blue door with blue door press poets pamela johnson, jennifer grigg & jane kirwan, plus 20 troubadours with new poems on the subject of doors
  • mon 18 nov: what we should have said: an entertaining, enlightening, innovative & unpredictable spoken-word shindig with stephen sexton, greta stoddart, richard douglas pennant, stuart silver & peter foggitt plus, before the break, 20 troubadours with new poems on the theme of words, spoken or unspoken
  • mon 2 dec: over the rainbow, a multi-coloured end-of-season poetry-party celebration

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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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