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.

welcome

from Coffee-House Poetry organiser, Anne-Marie Fyfe

A packed cellar-club (110+) for our eight great Stateside Troubadours on Monday night confirmed expectations of a livelier-than-ever final season to our Troubadour60 anniversary year — & reaffirmed the popularity of our policy of bringing so many US poets to London!

Next-up’s our unpredictably eclectic words-&-music segué with two-out-of-our-three poets being 2004 Next-Generationers… And a super selection of current & recent Faber Academy poets before-the-break… Sure to be another sure-fire poetry extravaganza .

Meanwhile the sand continues to trickle through our metaphorical Troubadour Poetry Prize, egg-timer. With 230 hours to go as I write this, I guess you’re all (those who haven’t submitted yet) musing over your submissions for one of the most prestigious annual poetry competitions, with our best-ever first prize of £5,000 (& another £2,000 in prizes overall). Open for submissions through to midnight on Monday 20th October: see our prizes page for info.

And see you all on Monday 20th…

next event

mon 20 oct: what we should have said: an entertaining, enlightening, innovative & unpredictable spoken-word shindig with paul farley, jean sprackland, richard douglas pennant, marios takoushis & stuart silver with — before the break — Faber Academy tutors jo shapcott & daljit nagra with recent Faber Academy poets…

Sponsored by Cegin Productions

Further adventures and extravagations in yet another episode of the Troubadour’s unique Cegin-sponsored poetry segué with musical & philosophical interventions…

  • writer/perfomer/director Stuart Silver offers his own idiosyncratic take on life & its meanings,
  • classical pianist/composer Marios Takoushis weaves a musical tapestry behind the words
  • & providing the spontaneous, off-the-cuff, un-prescheduled poetic foreground, our three guest poets:
  • poet & broadcaster, Paul Farley, b. Liverpool, has written on John Clare, Terence Davies, & on Edgelands with Michael Symmons-Roberts; won Forward Best First Collection 1998 for The Boy from the Chemist is Here to See You; his 4th poetry publication The Dark Film (Picador, 2014) is a PBS Choice
  • Richard Douglas Pennant divides his time and his poetic inspiration between Cyprus and his native North Wales – collections include The Alabaster Jar (Ogwen, 2008) and Old Stones New Tales (CD, Cegin, 2007)
  • Jean Sprackland from Burton-upon Trent is Reader in Poetry at Manchester Metropolitan & has published 3 poetry collections including Sleeping Keys (Random House, 2013), & a collection of essays on landscape, Strand

with — before the break — Faber Academy tutors jo shapcott & daljit nagra reading & introducing recent Faber Academy poets… : catherine humble, miranda peake, bob palmer, sam peters, soul patel, nick sunderland, mark huband, marek urbanowicz, paul crichton, katy mack, jon sayers, rose maher, jan heritage, rishi dastidar, & kate ghyll

readings - oct-dec 2014 - troubadour60

mondays 8-10 pm, £8 (concs. £7)

advance booking: send cheque payable to Coffee-House Poetry (no credit cards) to Coffee-House Poetry, PO Box 16210, LONDON, W4 1ZP stating event & no. of tickets

  • mon 6 oct: stateside troubadours with poets: philip fried, margo taft stever, tim nolan, susana case, robert peake, jennifer millitello, daphne warburg astor & owen lewis with henry fajemirokun
  • mon 20 oct: what we should have said: an entertaining, enlightening, innovative & unpredictable spoken-word shindig with paul farley, jean sprackland, richard douglas pennant, marios takoushis & stuart silver with — before the break — Faber Academy tutors jo shapcott & daljit nagra with recent Faber Academy poets…
  • mon 3 nov: an evening with roger mcgough: leading liverpool poet, performer & radio4 poetry presenter, roger mcgough, with songs from bernadette reed
  • mon 17 nov: poetry school poets: plus poetry school tutors mimi khalvati & tamar yoseloff with songs from rosie taylor
  • mon 1 dec: eighth annual troubadour international poetry prize night: neil astley, amy wack & 2014 prizewinners
  • mon 15 dec: out of the blue! azure-themed end-of-season reading with invited guest poets & favourite poems of blue eyes, Mediterranean seas, indigo nights, deep blue moods…

See full details of this season’s poetry readings

classes - oct-dec 2014 - troubadour60

sundays 12-3.30 pm, £28 (concs. £24)

advance booking only, as our workshops/classes (limited to 15 attendees) are frequently oversubscribed: send cheque payable to Coffee-House Poetry (no credit cards) to Coffee-House Poetry, PO Box 16210, LONDON, W4 1ZP

  • sun 9 nov, locked rooms: themed writing workshop with anne-marie fyfe
  • sun 7 dec, electric light: a seamus heaney seminar with c.l. dallat
  • sun 14 dec, stop all the clocks: themed writing workshop with anne-marie fyfe

NB: each of the above workshops was over-subscribed last season & has a waiting list but all 3 have places available…

See full details of this season’s classes and workshops

Paul Farley (‘The Dark Film’, Picador, 2014): one of our ‘What We Should Have Said’ team on Mon 20th

Peter and the Dyke

He’s in there still with Johnny Appleseed,
with all the frogs and sleeping princesses
but won’t budge. I’ve tempted him with liquorice
with pipe tobacco and Dutch magazines.
This is dedication, a child’s endurance.
Outside, the longshore drift of my late teens
and pull of every tide that’s turned since
are as nothing to his freezing fingertip.

Paul Farley
… from The Ice Age (Picador, 2002)

autumn 2014 newsletter

Date: 1st September 2014

Dear Autumn Poets

Great to be back in town for the final season of our Troubadour60 year, a fizzingly celebratory line-up that features Troubadour favourites like Roger McGough (in-conversation!), Mimi Khalvati, Neil Astley, Paul Farley, Amy Wack, Tamar Yoseloff & Jean Sprackland, along with a selection of transatlantic poets in our kick-off US showcase, our 2014 Poetry Prize winners, a school of up-&-coming Poetry School poets & the best of London’s trending poets at our end-of season party (with its blue, blue theme).

I’m just settling in after an exciting Jul/Aug, with a poetry-filled, as always, Hewitt Summer School week in Armagh, & an even more poetry-packed time at L’Age Baston, in France, where Troubadour regulars escaped from summer-in-the-city to workshop daily in a luxury château & its inspirational landscape: plus dejeuners al-fresco, village walks, discussions under Van-Gogh starry night skies , literary quizzes, readings, fiendish mind-games, charades, story-telling, & yes, in true Troubadour cellar-club style, singing into the small hours, & much jiving…

More news of next year’s residential courses here on website — in due course — & by e-mail, if you’ve signed up for our newsletter. You’ll also notice that creative-writing workshops this season repeat some of last season’s titles as so many were disappointed when the new themes booked-up so quickly…

Meanwhile I’m looking forward to the usual high standard of submissions for the (eighth!) Troubadour International Poetry Prize with, for the first time ever, a £5,000 first prize sponsored by Cegin Productions. And looking forward to a great prize-winners event on 1st Dec.

Advance-booking’s particularly recommended for the Roger McGough (plus music, plus interview) night as Roger has such wide appeal, & as our ‘evening-with’ events invariably end as ‘standing-room only’, as with Paul Muldoon, Mark Doty, Billy Collins, Jorie Graham etc…

Read more …

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