welcome

from Coffee-House Poetry organiser, Anne-Marie Fyfe

Latest workshop news is that The Avian Eye, our oversubscribed-last-time flight/glide/soar into ornithological imagery & imagination, takes wing for the last time this Sunday, 20th June, for six weeks, see right!

In other news, great to see so many familiar & new faces in the #poetrymonday Zoom-room to hear the latest in our US-poets series Naomi Shihab Nye read from her wonderful ‘writers’s room’ in San Antonio TX, not just to longstanding #coffeehousepoetry regulars but to all of you Zooming in from NZ, Switzerland, Nova Scotia, Ireland, Illinois, Minneapolis and more!

Judges for this year’s prize (full details at Troubadour International Poetry Prize) are Gallery Press poet & Univ. Manchester poetry professor John McAuliffe, & Univ. Michigan poet & Renaissance scholar Linda Gregerson: with email-submission deadline Mon 27 Sep, you’ve all summer long to polish your finest 2021 poems!

Nocturne — another of our oversubscribed six-weeks-ers from earlier in the year — started its final outing from Sunday.

And a long-awaited Between the Lines #7 masterclass started on Monday, Cahal Dallat having had a brief Between the Lines lay-off to kick-start his Yeats/BedfordPark artwork crowdfund over the past few weeks.

Cahal sends thanks to 300 of you who’ve pledged £114K so far, just 16% left to hit target, & is still hoping lots of you will join his campaign to honour poetry, & make Conrad Shawcross’s stunning Yeats-inspired vision of poetic genius enwrought with golden and silver light a reality in Yeats’s London childhood home of Bedford Park. All pledges welcome (£10/£20/£+…) here.

Stay safe, & all best wishes

classes & courses

  • sun 13 jun—sat 24 jul: the avian eye: 6-wk creative-writing workshop series with anne-marie fyfe
  • mon 14 jun—sat 24 jul: between the lines 7, a new 7-wk critical/craft masterclass with cahal dallat
  • sun 13 jun—sat 17 jul: nocturne: a 6-wk creative-writing workshop series with anne-marie fyfe
  • sun 2 may—sun 20 jun: the avian eye: 6-wk creative-writing workshop series with anne-marie fyfe
  • sun 18 apr—sun 30 may: solitary spaces: 6-wk creative-writing workshop series with anne-marie fyfe
  • sun 14 feb—sun 28 mar: nocturne: a 6-wk creative-writing workshop series with anne-marie fyfe

See full details of classes and workshops

next event

sun 20 jun—sat 24 jul, £120: the avian eye: 6-wk creative-writing workshop series with anne-marie fyfe

The strange charm of the avian eye: ever been transfixed by that steady gaze, wondered why the ancients believed birds symbolised the soul, why legend insisted on transforming humans into flighted things? Perhaps you recall the simple wonder of a bird’s nest accidentally discovered, of watching flapping wings take off, of tracking bird footprints in wet sand?

Take wing on this intensely focused six-week flight into birdworld mystery & myth, image & imagination – from archaeopteryx to Aristophanes to Anne Carson & Alice Oswald – where we’ll explore, from every altitude & angle, how these feathered ‘familiars’ hover over the psyche, roost in the atavistic self, enchant the auditory airscape with their irrepressible music & much more!

Your Avian Eye exercises, images, ideas and inspiration will arrive in your inbox every few days ending with a module giving advice on editing your work & shaping/structuring your night poems/sequence. After two further weeks writing & revising, there’ll be a chance to share your work in a Zoom end-of-course wrap-reading!

Numbers limited, e-mail coffpoetry@aol.com & PayPal booking link will be forwarded if place available.

#poetrymondays on Zoom!

  • mon 14 jun, 8pm: naomi shihab nye: reading & in-conversation with cahal dallat (free online event)
  • mon 22 mar, 8pm: dana gioia: reading & in-conversation with cahal dallat (free online event)
2020
  • mon 30 nov, 8pm: joshua bennett: reading & in-conversation with cahal dallat (free online event)
  • mon 23 nov, 8pm: troubadour international poetry prize night: 2020 judges mona arshi & mark doty read (free online event) with 2020 prizewinners
  • mon 10 feb: poems of love & death with US undertaker-poet thomas lynch plus troubadour poets with new takes on desire & demise…

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