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.


from Coffee-House Poetry organiser, Anne-Marie Fyfe

Back in London now — after an amazing January/May semester at Lenoir-Rhyne University in North Carolina, teaching creative writing, giving readings, talks/performances, and simply writing! And looking forward to wonderful London summer #coffeehousepoetry evenings at the Troubadour (plus one in W4)!

A great range of events (see next event, right, & full programme on readings page), including a return of the mercurial What We Should Have Said, followed by an amazing line-up of US poets, our annual Bedford Park Festival poetry event, a classic end-of-season poetry-party theme plus Sunday workshops (see classes page).

Hope to see you all on May 27th!

classes & courses

#sundaygallery workshops 12-4 pm: £35 at the troubadour

  • sun 2 jun, 12-4pm: memory cloud: retracing steps poetry workshop with anne-marie fyfe
  • advance booking only via PayPal or cheque to Coffee-House Poetry, PO Box 16210, LONDON W4 1ZP

also, elsewhere…

  • sun 9 & sun 16 jun, 2.30-5pm, land of heart’s desire: wb yeats literary walks with cahal dallat in bedford park, london w4
  • mon 22—sat 27 jul, john hewitt international summer school 2018, a week of readings, talks, lectures, discussions, creative writing, drama, music, with poets including Billy Collins, Kathryn Maris, Mona Arshi, Kerry Hardie, Fiona Benson, Mary Jean Chan, Tamar Yoseloff, Billy Ramsell, Sarah Clancy & Zaffar Kunial, plus novelists, playwrights, musicians, political thinkers & much more, armagh
  • mon 26 aug to sat 31 aug, summer poetry in the glens of antrim, carnlough

See full details of classes and workshops

Poet & Dedalus Press editor, Pat Boran, who stars in 27th May’s What We Should Have Said (see below)

next event

mon 27 may 2019: what we should have said: an entertaining, enlightening, innovative & unpredictable spoken-word shindig with pat boran, martina evans, richard douglas pennant, a.f. harrold, & peter foggitt plus, before the break twenty-one Troubadours with poems on the theme of chance…

Sponsored by Cegin Productions

Fortune, chance, accident, serendipity, synchronicity… you name it, but that’s what happens in a What We Should Have Said sequence at the Troubadour as the poems, the links & connections, the flow, the performance, all come together in pure mercurial poetic spontaneity… with quicksilver philosophical bon mots & a sparkling score of off-the-cuff harmonic interludes & interpolations.

And playing on that game-of-chance element you’ll have the chance to hear Twenty-One new poems by Twenty-One Troubadour poets — written specially for the event, and premiered on the night — on themes of luck, coincidence, contingency, risk, probability or improbability, hazard, fluke, fate, & destiny…

Taking a spin on our poetic wheel of fortune we’ll have:

  • Pat Boran, editor of Dedalus Press: has written memoir & fiction, edited anthologies, presented The Poetry Programme on RTÉ, & written 8 collections of poetry including Waveforms: Bull Island Haiku (Orange Crate, 2015)
  • Martina Evans, poet, novelist, & Royal Literary Fund Advisory Fellow, grew up in County Cork: her 2016 new & selected is followed by Now We Can Talk Openly About Men (Carcanet, 2018)
  • Richard Douglas Pennant divides his time between Cyprus & his native North Wales: his latest collection Lines in the Sky (Cinnamon, 2017) is accompanied by a CD of poems set to music
  • & immensely witty & inventive writer A.F. Harrold, latest collection, The Point of Inconvenience, (Two Rivers, 2013)
  • all interwoven with pianist/composer Peter Foggitt’s improvisatory soundscape
  • plus our Twenty-One Troubadours, Steve Boorman, Jo Roach, Karen Rydings, Caroline Hammond, Andrew Ball, Michael Dench, Tessa Anslow, Adam Buckley, Steve Kendall, Angus Strachan, Mary Powell, Katy Mack, Barney Ashton, Ian McLachlan, Katarina Grabowsky, Ingrid Leonard, Stewart Carswell, Lady Poe, Mark Chamberlain, Jude Vermeulen, Sue Chamberlain, Mark Huband & Warren Czapa, each with a new lucky poem!

#poetrymondays - may-jun 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 27 may: what we should have said: an entertaining, enlightening, innovative & unpredictable spoken-word shindig with pat boran, martina evans, richard douglas pennant, a.f. harrold, & peter foggitt plus, before the break twenty-one troubadours with poems on the theme of chance…
  • mon 10 jun: born in the usa! celebrating american poets & poetry, with dan o’brien, kathryn maris, mark halliday, university of north florida poetry group, plus singer/guitarist mark ari, & 21 troubadour poets each with a favourite american poem
  • wed 12 jun: poetry places with special guest imtiaz dharker, bedford park festival poetry evening hosted by anne-marie fyfe with music by cahal dallat @ st. michael & all angels hall, chiswick
  • mon 24 jun: endings: end-of-season poem-party celebrating finales, conclusions, and the last of anything & everything… with guest poets, music & prize-quiz

See full details of poetry readings

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