welcome

from Coffee-House Poetry organiser, Anne-Marie Fyfe

Delighted to announce the winners of our 2023 ‘Troubadour International Poetry Prize’ thanks to our 2023 judges, poets Mona Arshi & Tom Sleigh.

Check-out winners’ & commendeds’ names & poem titles below, read the very best #TroubadourPrize poems of 2023 on our poems page & see what the judges had to say about the experience!

  • First Prize, £2,000, Traceries, Jennifer Harrison, Windsor, Victoria, Australia
  • Second Prize, £1000, A child’s Christmas in alcohol, Simon Walsh, Brattleboro VT, USA
  • Third Prize, £500, Zebra haworthia, Jane Wilkinson, Norwich

Commended poems:

  • The King’s Raven, Afra Kingdon, Northam, Devon
  • The Influencer’s Prayer, Anne Casey, Northbridge NSW, Australia
  • Generational Trauma, Bronagh Mallon, Belfast
  • Zulu, Catherine Edmunds, Bishop Auckland, Durham
  • This is also true, Charlotte Salkind, London
  • The Second Law of Thermodynamics, Deb O’Rourke, Toronto, Canada
  • Sometimes Life, Deveraux Baker, Mendocino CA, USA
  • The Ilium, Diana Valk, Surbiton, Surrey
  • Landscape with inner child, Jane Lovell, Lynton, Devon
  • Dust, Jane Williams, South Launceston, Tasmania
  • hostage situation, Kate Kruimink, Cygnet, Tasmania
  • Five Sleep Potions for Troubled Nights, Leah Larwood, Plumstead, Norfolk
  • my mother, wearing a pencil skirt, in a meadow, Liz McSkeane, Dublin
  • Olly and Pepper are safe, Martyn Crucefix, London
  • Calling on the New House, Mick Wood, London
  • Sharing a Koch with You, Nicky Melville, Edinburgh
  • No More Wind, Peter Ross, Honiton, Devon
  • The House Where Benjamin Zephaniah Didn’t Live, Sallie Durham, Lewes, East Sussex
  • Mary Shelley’s Babies, Stephanie Green, Edinburgh

 

classes & courses

  • 2024
  • fri 16 feb—sat 6 apr, £280: between the lines #16, a 7-wk close reading & critical masterclass with cahal dallat
  • sun 11 feb—sat 13 apr, £280: root & branch: the enchantment of trees: 9-wk creative-writing workshop series anne-marie fyfe
  • sun 4 feb—sun 7 apr, £280: taking a walk: the poetry of footfall: 9-wk creative-writing workshop series with anne-marie fyfe
  • sun 7 jan—sat 9 mar, £280: root & branch: the enchantment of trees: 9-wk creative-writing workshop series anne-marie fyfe
  • fri 5 jan—sat 24 feb, £280: between the lines #15 – focus on form#1, a 7-wk close reading & critical masterclass with cahal dallat
  • recent
  • sun 15 oct—sat 16 dec, £280: solitary spaces: 9-wk creative-writing workshop series on solitude, with anne-marie fyfe
  • fri 27 oct—sat 16 dec, £280: between the lines #14, a 7-wk close reading & critical masterclass with cahal dallat
  • sun 24 sep—sat 25 nov, £280: the avian eye: 9-wk creative-writing workshop series with anne-marie fyfe
  • sun 3 sep—sat 4 nov, £280: home truth: architecture & longing: 9-wk creative-writing workshop series with anne-marie fyfe
  • sun 8 oct, 2.30-5pm: land of heart’s desire: wb yeats literary walk with cahal dallat for wb yeats bedford park project
  • sun 23 jul—sat 23 sep: taking a walk: the poetry of footfall: 9-wk creative-writing workshop series with anne-marie fyfe

See full details of classes and workshops

readings

  • Wed 14 Jun, 7.30 for 8pm, Bedford Park Festival celebrates Yeats’s Birthday: Only My Dreams with special guest Marina Warner …plus London and local poets, hosted by Anne-Marie Fyfe & Cahal Dallat

See full details of poetry readings

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next event

fri 16 feb—sat 6 apr, £280: between the lines #16, a 7-wk close reading & critical masterclass with cahal dallat

What’s between the lines? Discovering not just what poems ‘mean’ but how they achieve their effects — through form, structure, sound, imagery, etc, what they reveal about poet, identity, context, language, about the art & craft of poetry itself.

Explore an exciting new group of chosen poets & their poems through each week’s ‘guest-poet’ handout (inc. tutor comments, analysis, context etc), hone your own critical faculties on these & fellow workshoppers’ latest poems, & be poetically inspired to write great new poems as your weekly assignment!

Join poet & critic Cahal Dallat, & his limited-numbers workshop group, in the fourteenth episode of this exciting exploratory/critical course… all via e-mail, with an online post-final ‘wrap’ reading/get-together.

On six Fridays you’ll receive Cahal’s low-down on the week’s hand-picked paragon poet plus — after week-one — your own & fellow-workshoppers’ new poems, critiqued, plus the group’s collated critical responses to your week-before poem, each other’s, & the week’s poet-of-choice… all triggering the creative process for your next Friday poem submission!

Numbers limited, email coffpoetry@aol.com to apply, & booking link will be forwarded if place available.

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