“… life, literature, and the pursuit of happiness in the famous Troubadour cellar-club, London’s liveliest and best–loved poetry landmark since the 1950s …”
from Coffee-House Poetry organiser, Anne-Marie Fyfe
Check out my Facebook photos of last night’s fun at our standing-room-only Fame Academy! celebration with exciting, energetic, dramatically different poems from 21 up-&-coming poets who’ve attended Faber’s courses over the past few years.
Just one event left in our super Troubadour60 Spring season, celebrating 60 years of London’s longest-running & best-loved literary venue… — our end-of-season sunrise sonnets session, Wake-Up Call! (see next event below).
And, as part of that Troubadour60 anniversary year, this week saw the official launch of our 2014 Troubadour International Poetry Prize with two prestigious poetry-press editors as judges, Neil Astley & Amy Wack, and with a total of £7,000 in prizes to support & encourage aspiring poets including a £5,000 first prize, courtesy of sponsors Cegin Productions. (And you can read seven previous years’ winners & winning poems on our Poems page.)
A great year coming up for Troubadour poets, & the end of a fantastically supported & amazingly enjoyable Spring season coming up on Monday 17th.
See you there…
mon 17 mar: wake-up call! themed end-of-Troubadour60-spring-season poetry-party with invited guests reading poems of morning, dawn, daybreak, sunrise, breakfast & new beginnings…
What’s the Story, Morning Glory? Oasis wanted to know, in 1995. Frank O’Hara had his rude awakening fifty years earlier from old Phoebus Apollo himself: ‘Hey! I’ve been trying to wake you up for fifteen minutes…’ (A True Account of Talking to the Sun at Fire Island), that same unruly sunne that Donne had challenged four centuries before: Why dost thou thus, through windows, and through curtains call on us? in his aubade (The Sunne Rising).
Aubades, poems of parting at dawn, were a staple of the Troubadour in the Middle Ages, though Philip Larkin offered an even bleaker view of the early hours in his own Aubade. Dymock poet, Eleanor Farjeon, takes a sunnier tack with mine is the sunlight, mine is the morning (Morning has Broken) & some writers focused exclusively on the day of rest: from T.S. Eliot’s Sunday Morning Service & Wallace Stevens’ Sunday Morning (‘Complacencies of the peignoir, and late/ coffee and oranges…’), to Alan Sillitoe’s grittier 1958 novel Saturday Night, Sunday Morning
Forget those Lazy Sunday Afternoons, forget Some Enchanted Evening: dawn, daybreak, the tedium or exuberance of each new day, are where it’s at lyrically from the moment I wake up… not forgetting Wednesday morning at five o’clock, every day she takes a morning bath, my baby takes the morning train, in the early morning rain, you might wake up some morning… even Dormez vous? Sonnez les matines!
Come along & find out if our guest poets, & their favourite poets’ poets, are morning creatures who rise’n’shine with each new day, or who greet the early hours with quotidian desperation. And join in our tous les matins du monde prize quiz!
readings - jan-jul 2014 - troubadour60
mondays 8-10 pm, £8 (concs. £7)
- mon 20 jan: salon d’hiver: patricia debney, susannah hart, dominic bury, malika booker, sharon morris, fathieh saudi, jo hemmant & harry man with music from bernadette reed & ian salmon
- mon 3 feb: what we should have said: an entertaining, enlightening, innovative & unpredictable spoken-word shindig with sean o’brien, vona groarke, ian gregson, stuart silver & huw warren
plus, (before the break…)
afterlives: revisiting 21 prizewinning poems from 7 years of the Troubadour International Poetry Prize… with alex josephy, mona arshi, jane kirwan, karen green, katy mack, cheryl moskowitz, chris beckett, michael mckimm, ellen crannitch, jacqueline saphra, wendy french, judy brown, diana pooley, jenny vuglar, june lausch, louise warren, josh ekroy, martyn crucefix, paul stephenson, ian mcewan & ruth valentine
- mon 17 feb: coffee-house colloquies: the art of choosing: listen to the poet-editors who bring us the best in magazine poetry: maurice riordan (poetry review), michael mackmin, (the rialto), patricia mccarthy (agenda) & ahren warner (poetry london), discussion chaired by c.l. dallat
- mon 3 mar: fame academy! a first selection of 21 faber academy poets, with jo shapcott & daljit nagra reading & introducing: will burns, clair wilcox, nick sunderland, peter kravitz, pnina shinebourne, mark huband, victoria green, marek urbanowicz, aviva dautch, paul crichton, katy mack, jon sayers, sam peters, rosey wilkin, susannah hart, jan heritage, daphne astor, karen rhydings, edward doegar, rishi dastidar, richard scott & kate ghyll
with music from fabricio mattos & lucas jordan
- mon 17 mar: wake-up call! themed end-of-Troubadour60-season poetry-party with invited guests reading poems of morning, dawn, daybreak, sunrise & new beginnings…
- easter break
- mon 26 may: spring into summer: with poets lydia mcpherson, ian house, jennifer wong, alyson hallett, barbara marsh, victoria field, jackie wills & special guest louis de bernières
- mon 9 jun: an evening with paul muldoon: pulitzer-prize-winning poet & new yorker editor, paul muldoon, with music from christine tobin
- mon 23 jun: what we should have said: an entertaining, enlightening, innovative & unpredictable spoken-word shindig with helen mort, philip gross, imtiaz dharker, huw warren & stuart silver
- mon 7 jul: stop all the clocks! guest poets celebrate the timeless poetics of clock-watching, of punctuality & procrastination, sundials, time-checks, & the relentless ticking-away of minutes, hours, days… in our timely end-of-Troubadour60-summer-season poetry-party!
classes - jan-jul 2014 - troubadour60
workshops & seminars, sundays 12-3.30 pm
£28 (concs. £24) advance booking only, with cheque, please, as our workshops/classes (limited to 15 attendees) are frequently oversubscribed
- sun 2 feb: dawning reality: themed writing workshop with anne-marie fyfe
- sun 16 feb, relative values: themed writing workshop with anne-marie fyfe
- sun 9 mar, electric light: a seamus heaney seminar with c.l. dallat
- sun 8 jun, stop all the clocks: themed writing workshop with anne-marie fyfe