“… 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
So ‘yellow’ – or more properly Big Yellow Taxi!, (see readings, Mon 9 March) – proved an incredibly popular theme for our guest readers, whether because it gave them wider rein in their own poems or a wider choice among favourite published poems: either way, a very lively evening, a lovely audience, & a vivid & energised set of readings to welcome spring in all its sunshiny, summer-dressy, crocusy, daffodilly, egg-yolky, buttery, Post-It Note-y, diversion-sign yellowness! Hope everyone’s looking forward to our next themed poetry-party, Too Darn Hot! on 22nd June: I know I am!
We’re off for Easter now, back at the beginning of May (& if you want to check out what I’m doing in the break with readings in the US plus a couple of poetry competitions to judge, see my own website).
Do check out our £5,000 annual Troubadour International Poetry Prize with judges Jean Sprackland & Adam O’Riordan on our prizes page, cellar-club events on the readings page and watch out for more workshops & seminars t.b.a. on the classes page, or join our regular e-list if you’re not already receiving the e-mails!
Enjoy the Easter break & see you all in Summer 2015 if our paths don’t cross elsewhere, earlier, in the interim…
mon 11 may: spring into summer with r.a. villanueva, miranda peake, inua ellams, tim richardson, scarlett sabet, will burns, roisin tierney, & mark huband with henry fajemirokun
Come along & listen to some of the happening voices in & around London in our spring/summer showcase:
- R.A. Villanueva (b. NJ, lives in Brooklyn & teaches at NYU) was 2013 recipient of the Ninth Letter Literary Award: his 2014 Reliquaria (Univ. Nebraska) won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize
- London poet/artists Miranda Peake organises dance classes in schools for Royal Academy of Dance: Florence her first published poem won MsLexia’s 2014 Women’s Poetry Competition
- Inua Ellams (b. Nigeria, 1984) has published two poetry pamphlets including Candy Coated Unicorns and Converse All Stars & his one-man (written & acted) show The 14th Tale won a Fringe First at Edinburgh
- author/critic/journalist Tim Richardson writes on gardens & landscape design: his first full poetry collection is due in 2015 from Live Canon
- Scarlett Sabet is a London-based actor, director & poet of French & Iranian descent: her pamphlet Rocking Underground was launched in December 2014
- one of 2014’s four Faber New Poets, Will Burns abandoned his uni Eng.Lit degree to form a band with his brother & is still in the music industry having been, meantime, a factory-worker, window-cleaner & house-painter.
- Irish poet Roisin Tierney has taught in Dublin, Granada & Valladolid: Dream Endings (2012) won the Michael Marks Pamphlet Award & her first collection The Spanish-Italian Border (Arc, 2014) was a Forward ‘highly-commended’
- author & award-winning journalist Mark Huband has spent the past 25 years travelling the world, from Africa and the Middle East to South-East Asia & the Americas: American Road (Live Canon, 2014) is his debut collection.
- plus singer/songwriter Henry Fajemirokun
readings - may-jun 2015
mondays 8-10 pm, £7 at the troubadour
- mon 11 may: spring into summer with r.a. villanueva, miranda peake, inua ellams, tim richardson, scarlett sabet, will burns, roisin tierney, & mark huband with henry fajemirokun
- mon 25 may: what we should have said: an entertaining, enlightening, innovative & unpredictable spoken-word shindig with michelle boisseau, robert seatter, francis leviston, huw warren & stuart silver—plus, before the break… letterpresspoets
- mon 8 jun: smiths knoll pamphlets: with phil hancock, marianne burton, stephen payne, lydia harris, chris dodd, margaret wilmot, philip polecoff, kath mckay & andrew kerr introduced by michael laskey & joanna cutts
- mon 22 jun: too darn hot! invited guest poets celebrate broiling city summers, simmering heatwaves, shimmering mirages, parched deserts & tropical weather: plus music & prize-quiz
for advance booking: pay via PayPal on our readings page or 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
classes - jan-jun 2015
sundays 12-3.30 pm, £28 at the troubadour (yeats walk, sun 21st jun 12-2.30 pm, £18)
- may/jun workshops, further details to follow
- sun 21 jun: land of heart’s desire: a w.b. yeats walk with c.l. dallat
- full programme details below PayPal options
advance booking only as our workshops/classes (limited to 15 attendees) are frequently oversubscribed: pay via PayPal on our workshops/classes page or send cheque payable to Coffee-House Poetry (no credit cards) to Coffee-House Poetry, PO Box 16210, LONDON, W4 1ZP