from Coffee-House Poetry organiser, Anne-Marie Fyfe

With Solitary Spaces, our current nine-week themed creative-writing course well under way (started Sun 15 Jan), next masterclass from Cahal Dallat, Between the Lines#12 starting Fri 3 Mar, will focus on form (see right)!

And just a reminder of the outstanding poems that captivated judges Victoria Kennefick & Joshua Bennett & that we got to hear from 2022 Troubadour International Poetry Prize winners — Jonathan Edwards, first prize, £2,000, Anna Crowe, second, £1,000, Robert Maslen third, £500 — & from twenty excellent ‘commendeds’ on our Mon 5 Dec international Zoom, along with super readings from Victoria & Joshua.

Check out poets & poems here, & read what our judges had to say about the judging process!

And Happy New Year!


#poetrymondays on Zoom!

  • mon 5 dec, 7.30 pm: troubadour international poetry prize night: 2022 judges victoria kennefick & joshua bennett (free online event) with 2022 prizewinners
  • mon 13 june, 7.30 for 8pm: £10, bedford park festival poetry evening: the poetry of things With special guest: cahal dallat, hosted by anne-marie fyfe
  • mon 23 may, 8pm: tom sleigh & cahal dallat: reading & in-conversation (free online event)

See full details of poetry readings

classes & courses

  • fri 3 mar—sat 29 apr, £240: between the lines #12 – focus on form#2, a 7-wk close reading & critical masterclass with cahal dallat
  • sun 15 jan—sat 18 mar, £280: solitary spaces: 9-wk creative-writing workshop series on solitude, with anne-marie fyfe
  • 2022
  • sun 9 oct—sat 10 dec: taking a walk: the poetry of footfall: 9-wk creative-writing workshop series with anne-marie fyfe
  • fri 7 oct—sat 3 dec: between the lines #11, a 7-wk close reading & critical masterclass with cahal dallat
  • sun 28 aug—sat 10 dec: home truth: architecture & longing: 12-wk creative-writing workshop series with anne-marie fyfe

See full details of classes and workshops

(pic: Urban Camouflage: Keith Thomson)

next event

fri 3 mar—sat 29 apr, £240: between the lines #12 – focus on form#2, a 7-wk close reading & critical masterclass with cahal dallat

Discover — & explore for yourself as you write new poems — the pleasure & power of familiar (& not-so) poetic forms in a workshop that focuses on how form functions, with examples from expert exponents analysed in a weekly discourse by poet & critic Cahal Dallat.
Plus your weekly challenge, to create your own poem in the featured form: not to mention the reciprocal opportunity to hone your critical/close-reading skills on fellow poets’ poems & the week’s exemplars!
All via email with an online post-final ‘wrap’ reading/get-together: on six Fridays you’ll receive Cahal’s low-down on form-of-the-week with instances & analysis of that particular form, plus – Mondays, from week-two – workshop participants’ own new ‘form’ poems complete with tutor critique, plus the group’s collated critical responses to last week’s poems.
And you’ll respond with your own (next) new-minted & to-be-workshopped poem in the featured form, plus your thoughts on the handout examples & on fellow-poets’ creations.

Numbers limited, email info@coffeehousepoetry.org to apply, & booking link will be forwarded if place available.

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