welcome

from Coffee-House Poetry organiser, Anne-Marie Fyfe

…with (clockwise) judges Linda Gregerson & John McAuliffe, & prizewinners Geraldine Mitchell (2nd), Sam Garvan (1st) & Alun Hughes (3rd)

Tue 7 Dec: Great to hear such wonderful poems at last night’s prizegiving event & to hear, from our 2021 Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2021 judges, Linda Gregerson & John McAuliffe, what made the winners & commendeds so special!

Check-out winners’/commendeds’ names & poem titles on our poems page, read what our judges had to say about the experience &, of course, read the very best #TroubadourPrize poems of 2021!

Last 2021 creative-writing/critical workshops drawing to a close but look out for details of 2022’s courses on our classes page.

And 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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