from Coffee-House Poetry organiser, Anne-Marie Fyfe

Announcing Nocturne, a new workshop/course taking us from dark January nights to the dawn of spring, engaging with night in all its heavenly shades (see right, and our classes page) — after two highly successful summer/autumn explorations of Solitary Spaces & The Avian Eye, the latter ending with some super readings at Sunday’s Zoom! Step with us into a twilight time of sleep & insomnia, small hours & the stroke of midnight, full moons, shooting stars & total dark!

Also Between the Lines#6, a 7-wk creative/critical masterclass, booking now.

Plus you can still check out our 2020 Troubadour International Poetry Prize winners chosen by poets Mona Arshi & Mark Doty, & celebrated with them on our Mon 23 Nov Zoom.

And after a wonderful reading/in-conversation with Joshua Bennett we’re looking forward to more special-guest events: keep an eye on our “#poetrymondays” page or sign up for regular updates!
Stay safe, & all best wishes,

#poetrymondays on Zoom!

  • mon 23 nov, 8pm: troubadour international poetry prize night: 2020 judges mona arshi & mark doty read with 2020 prizewinners (free online event)
  • mon 30 nov, 8pm: joshua bennett: reading & in-conversation (free online event)

See full details of poetry readings

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next event

sun 24 jan – sun 7 mar, £120: nocturne: a 6-wk creative-writing workshop 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 exercises, images, ideas and inspiration will arrive in your inbox every few days ending with a module on shaping/structuring your night poems/sequence in the (fourth) week’s editing. Two weeks later there’ll be a written appraisal of your submitted work, followed by a chance to share your ‘nightwork’ in a Zoom end-of-course wrap-reading!

Numbers limited. Contact coffpoetry@aol.com for full course details & PayPal booking link.

classes & courses

  • sun 24 jan – sun 7 mar, £120: nocturne: a 6-wk creative-writing workshop with anne-marie fyfe
  • mon 25 jan—mon 15 mar: £110 between the lines 6, a new 7-wk critical/craft masterclass with cahal dallat

See full details of classes and workshops

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