“… 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
Looking forward to welcoming you all back after our Easter/Spring Break to Summer 2017 with a classic Troubadour Poetry Monday, May 15th, see right, showcasing eight great poets. That’s followed by two of our ‘evening-with’ formats featuring US poets, the first, May 29th, focusing on one of last year’s Troubadour ‘hits’, Brooklyn’s Dennis Nurkse (plus poets from University of North Florida!) and the second, Jun 12th, with someone who hasn’t visited us in a v. long time, Michigan poet, undertaker, & BBC Radio 4 essayist, Thomas Lynch. (Plus Sunday masterclasses with those two great US poets, see classes page, with more themed creative-writing workshops to be announced pop-up-wise during the season!)
And with the summer solar solstice on Jun 21st this year, & with Mercury aligned with Mars on Jun 28th, what better theme for a Jun 26th poetry-gathering than planets, moons, satellites, orbits & galaxies… however loosely interpreted in our guest-poets’ end-of-season Planet Earth party choices, their own celestial offerings, or those by famously metaphysical sky-watching versifiers.
And BTW, do check out Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2017 details on our prizes page: great judges, a great range of prizes, and yes, lots of time until our October deadline but you can submit any time now!
readings - may-jun 2017
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 may: spring fever: with elaine gaston, jon stone, claire dyer, alistair noon, ruth sharman, nick makoha, michael scott & penny boxall plus singer/guitarist henry fajemirokun
- mon 29 may states of writing: with d. nurkse, reading & in-conversation plus, before the break, students from university of north florida, plus singer/guitarist mark ari
- mon 12 jun: a matter of life & death: the much-loved, & award-winning, michigan poet, essayist & undertaker, thomas lynch, reading & in-conversation
- mon 26 jun: planet earth: poetry party with guest readers, music & prize-quiz on the theme of planets & perseids, stars & satellites, orbits, galaxies & constellations…
classes - may-jun 2017
sundays 12-3.30 pm, £28 at the troubadour
(except yeats walk, sunday 25th jun, 2.30-5 pm, £18 from ravenscourt park tube)
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
- sun 21 may, 12-3.30 pm: a tree grows: themed writing workshop with anne-marie fyfe
- sun 28 may, 12-3.30 pm: masterclass: critical workshop with d. nurkse (now fully booked)
- sun 11 jun, 12-3.30 pm: genre bending: writing workshop with thomas lynch (now fully booked)
- sun 25 jun, 2.30-5 pm, £18: land of heart’s desire: a wb yeats walk with cl dallat
- nb: do check website later for further may-jun workshops or sign up for newsletter