welcome

from Coffee-House Poetry organiser, Anne-Marie Fyfe

Latest news is that themed creative-writing workshop, Taking a Walk — the Poetry of Footfall, is having a second 9-wk run from Sun 10 Oct finishing with an end-of-course Zoom reading on Saturday 11th December, details on right & on our classes page.

Great to see such response to the annual Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2021 no further prize-news emails until results are announced at our Monday 6th December Prize Night celebration where winners will read on Monday 6th December, online to an international audience, alongside 2021 judges Linda Gregerson & John McAuliffe.

Watch out for news (t.b.a.) of our upcoming #poetrymonday with Jane Hirshfield, in a series of key US poets that’s featured, latterly, Thomas Lynch, Dana Gioia, Joshua Bennett, Naomi Shihab Nye & Mark Halliday & if you’re not already on our e-list for news of prize, #poetrymondays, courses & classes, just click here to join!

All best,

#poetrymondays on Zoom!

  • mon 20 sep, 8pm: mark halliday: reading & in-conversation with cahal dallat (free online event)
  • mon 6 dec, 8pm: troubadour international poetry prize night: 2021 judges john mcauliffe & linda gregerson with 2021 prizewinners (free online event)

See full details of poetry readings

classes & courses

  • sun 10 oct—sat 11 dec, £180: taking a walk — the poetry of footfall: 9-wk creative-writing workshop series with anne-marie fyfe
  • sun 12 sep—sat 20 nov, £180: taking a walk — the poetry of footfall: 10-wk creative-writing workshop series with anne-marie fyfe
  • fri 17 sep—sat 6 nov, £130: between the lines#8 — focus on form, a new 7-wk critical/craft masterclass with cahal dallat
  • sun 20 jun—sat 24 jul, £120: the avian eye: 6-wk creative-writing workshop series with anne-marie fyfe

See full details of classes and workshops

next event

sun 10 oct—sat 11 dec, £180: taking a walk — the poetry of footfall: 9-wk creative-writing workshop series with anne-marie fyfe

Many of us have valued the joys of striding out in the past year. So here’s a chance to step outside yourself (alone!), literally or virtually, & let wandering lead where it will, get you lost or find your way home, heading-somewhere/going-nowhere perhaps, on pilgrimages & peregrinations that are directional, orbital, exploratory & immersive, subconscious or psychogeographic.

On foot (in both imagination & actuality, though nothing too demanding) at various hours & several weathers, by familiar walkways, urban alleys & riverbank towpaths, on routes subterranean or sublime – & ever, as poets, witnessing, creating, inventing, simply being present.

Your perambulatory ‘itineraries’ (with exercises, images, inspirations & observations on the history, psychology & philosophy of walking) will pop up in your inbox twice a week (one real, one virtual) for six weeks, ending with a (week seven) module on shaping/structuring/polishing your work. Two weeks later there’ll be a written appraisal of your submitted excerpt, followed by a chance to share/discuss in a Zoom end-of-course reading/critical session!

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

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