“… 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
Blue is the colour, or certainly was at Out-of-the-Blue! on Monday night (15th Dec): from everyone wearing something blue, to the dazzling palette of blue poems, right down to the end-of-evening bonus bottle of Blue Nun for the evening’s special contribution. Another fun cellar-club happening in a very special year of Troubadour60 celebrations.
So it’s time for a big end-of-year thanks to all who attended our readings & workshops throughout this special year, all the poets who performed including Paul Muldoon, Imtiaz Dharker, Roger McGough, Mimi Khalvati, Paul Farley, Maurice Riordan, Jo Shapcott, Louis De Bernières, Daljit Nagra, Helen Mort, Sean O’Brien, Vona Groarke, Michael Mackmin, Jackie Wills, Jean Sprackland, Philip Gross, Tamar Yoseloff, Ian Gregson, Ahren Warner & literally dozens more readers in showcase events, party evenings & now, before-the-break on What We Should Have Said nights… And thanks to our many wonderful musicians too!
Major thanks to Cegin Productions who sponsor the £5,000 first prize in our annual Troubadour International Poetry Prize, plus a massive thank-you to this year’s prize judges, Amy Wack & Neil Astley for their work & poetry wisdom.
And a final thank-you for the thousands of poems so many of you submitted this year: (you can check some of them out on our poems page). News of next year’s prize deadline & judges will be up soon on prizes page, with next double-season’s events Jan-Jun 2015 to be posted/circulated late-Dec/early-Jan: if you’re not already on our regular list, do add your e-mail address via our sign-up page…
All best wishes for Christmas & the New Year.
next event will be mon 26 jan, full details to follow
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…
Time for blue-skies thinking! We all remember Auden’s Refugee Blues & Langston Hughes’ Weary Blues …but blue has myriad lighter shades: in Mary Oliver’s Blue Iris, Lowell’s Waking in the Blue, Louise Glück’s blue sky, blue ice (in Blue Rotunda), Housman’s blue remembered hills, Jane Hirshfield’s net of blue and gold, Wallace Stevens’ Man With a Blue Guitar or the robin’s egg blue tiles in Medbh McGuckian’s Four O’Clock, Summer Street.
Blue abounds, not just in clothing (Hardy’s air-blue gown, Sharon Olds’ Blue Dress, Ted Hughes’ Blue Flannel Suit or Leonard Cohen’s Famous Blue Raincoat) but in nature, from Anne Brontë’s Bluebell, Hardy’s Pair of Blue Eyes, Lawrence’s fountains of blue (in Mystic Blue) & Rattigan’s Deep Blue Sea, to the blue light in Jorie Graham’s San Sepolcro, the azure that triumphs in Mallarmé’s L’Azur…
The only place Billy Collins wants to visit, it seems is The Blue, not the Wild Blue Yonder, but ‘the blue’ that the unexpected comes ‘out of…’
A once-in-a-blue-moon chance to kick away the winter blues: come along & hear invited guest poets read kind-of-blue poems (their own & those by other poets) listen to blue-themed music, & try our prize quiz where the answers come, likely as not, out of the blue …
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…
classes - oct-dec 2014 - troubadour60
hh4. 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 16 nov, locked rooms: themed writing workshop with anne-marie fyfe
- sun 30 nov, 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…