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

What a great audience for Monday night’s #poetrymonday, The Best New Writing, & what a range of great new poetry, from six such impressive & varied poets – Fiona Moore, Scarlett Sabet, Oliver Comins, Mara Bergman, Fiona Larkin, & Bryony Littlefair all with new work, new collections etc, & what diversity of voices, delivery, style & genre in the exciting new writing premiered here by 21 current Troubadour poets!

Next #poetrymonday, 12 Nov, is a very special event when The Voyage Out finally comes home: that’s the words & music sequence I’ve developed, & toured-with, while writing my new Seren book over the past year (due, Spring 2019), exploring locations from Cushendall on the Antrim Coast Road to Suffolk, Cornwall, Devon, Swansea, Cork, Wexford, Scotland’s Highlands & Islands, plus 10 weeks in the US & Canada vising Boston, Martha’s Vineyard, Maine, & Halifax & Lunenburg in Nova Scotia.

It’s a chance to follow a coastal & personal journey through work from the new book & through the words & lives of some of the coast-loving/sea-going poets & authors I’ve been discovering, with images, & sea-themed music from Cahal, #coffeehousepoetry’s regular #poetrymondays musician, & with a special selection of Troubadour guest poets who’ve written new sea/coastal/island-themed poems for the occasion (see names, right).

Can’t wait for the second exciting outing of the new two-part workshop (Minds of Snow, book via #sundaygallery page) with that little extra homework assignment to be developed by each attendee between the two dates, Sun 11 Nov & Sun 9 Dec) & with, I’m sure, some great work from those classes being read at our end-of-season Mon 10 Dec No Snowflakes snow-themed poetry-party (with snow-themed music, prize quiz etc)

Right now Troubadour International Poetry Prize judges Jo Shapcott & Daljit Nagra are looking at your amazing poems: join the rest of the poetry world to discover the very best of 2018’s submissions — see our range of prizes awarded, hear the winners read, listen to Jo & Daljit give readings of their own poetry, & find out from the judges what makes a winning poem in 2018 — all at Troubadour International Poetry Prize Night on Mon 26th Nov!

Looking forward to welcoming you all to The Voyage Out on Monday 12th. Book now via #poetrymondays page!

#sundaygallery classes & courses - oct-dec 2018

  • sun 14 oct & sun 28 oct, 12-3.30 pm: minds of snow: two-part themed writing workshop with anne-marie fyfe
  • sun 11 nov & sun 9 dec, 12-3.30 pm: minds of snow: two-part themed writing workshop with anne-marie fyfe

advance booking only as our workshops/classes (limited to 15 attendees) are frequently oversubscribed: pay via PayPal (see classes page) or cheque to Coffee-House Poetry, PO Box 16210, LONDON W4 1ZP: if overbooked you’ll be informed by e-mail & refunded promptly

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next event

mon 12 nov, 8pm: the voyage out with anne-marie fyfe, cahal dallat, & 21 new maritime poems written by guest poets

Following a writing/workshopping & performing coastal tour that has taken her to Suffolk, Cornwall, Devon, Swansea, Scotland’s Highlands & Islands, Antrim, Cork & Wexford, Massachusetts, Maine & Canada’s Maritimes, Troubadour organiser Anne-Marie Fyfe brings The Voyage Out to London, presenting her sequence on writers and the sea, with selections from favourite novelists, travel-writers & poets, from the constant, recurring presence of the sea in her first five collections of poetry, & from her new writing project combining poetry & prose memories, of growing up, of life by the sea in Cushendall, and of other coastal locations she’s experienced on her travels. With sea-music by Troubadour musician Cahal Dallat (accordion/mandolin/flute & piano)…

… with a first half of 21 Troubadour poets each with their own new poems of sea-coasts, harbours, voyages, headlands, tidelines & dangerous undercurrents, both real & metaphorical: Angus Strachan, Jude Vermeulen, Barney Ashton, Mark Chamberlain, Ian McLachlan, Adam Buckley, Tessa Anslow, Katarina Grabowksy, Katy Mack, Lesley Sharpe, Mark Huband, Fran O’ Leary, Charlotte Baldwin, Mary Mulholland, Susannah Hart, Tim Richardson, Ingrid Leonard, David Loffman, Helen Adie, Lynne Helmgaard, Michael Dench & Andrew Ball

#poetrymondays - oct-dec 2018

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 15 oct, 8pm: to look for america, with j chester jonson, elizabeth powell, & 20 troubadour poets reading current us poetry
  • mon 29 oct, 8pm: the best new writing with fiona moore, scarlett sabet, oliver comins, mara bergman, fiona larkin, & bryony littlefair, plus troubadour-poets with new poems…
  • mon 12 nov, 8pm: the voyage out with anne-marie fyfe, cahal dallat, & 21 new maritime poems written by guest poets
  • mon 26 nov, 8pm: troubadour international poetry prize night: 2018 judges jo shapcott & daljit nagra read with 2018 prizewinners
  • mon 10 dec: no snowflakes: a themed poetry-party with invited guest readers, music & prize quiz

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