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 two new courses starting next week &, 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
  • fri 24 may—sat 13 jul, £280: between the lines – focus on form, a 7-wk close reading & critical masterclass with cahal dallat
  • sun 26 may—sat 27 jul, £280: nocturne, a 9-wk creative-writing workshop series with anne-marie fyfe
  • current
  • 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: inge schuster

next event

sun 26 may—sat 27 jul, £280: nocturne, a 9-wk creative-writing workshop series with anne-marie fyfe

Take a walk on the dark side, discover day’s other half, literally or as state-of-mind, a slippery terrain of secrets, allure, mystique & shadow-play.

Sign up for the night-shift, board the night-bus, sleepwalk your creative inner self through moon-dark woods or street-lit cities, be prepared to lose yourself in an astronomical night-sky of galaxies & lunar magnetism.

Explore those pitch-dark, ticking, dusk-to-dawn hours as both lacuna & otherness, as somnolent or turbulent, as nightmare or night-music, just as writers, artists, musicians & philosophers have always probed the night’s depths. The dark, Rilke says, embraces everything.

Your Nocturne modules of night-world thoughts & theories, facts & fictions, visual images, poetry & prose inspirations, & directed tasks, will arrive in your inbox every Sunday for seven weeks, ending with advice on editing your work. 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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