“… 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
A wonderful night of outstanding poems (on Mon 2nd Dec) with our most internationally diverse range of submissions to-date in the Troubadour International Poetry Prize’s history and prizewinners from Japan, Canada, France, Ireland, New Zealand and the US (as well as throughout the UK, as ever). Do check out the list of winners on our Prizes page and all the winning poems on our Poems 2013 page alongside the best of Troubadour Poetry Prize submissions since 2007.
Thanks again to George Szirtes & Deryn Rees-Jones for their professionalism & dedication, for their words of wisdom about prize submissions and poetry in general, (see Prizes page for Judges Reports) and for captivating readings of their own work; thanks to our prize sponsors, Cegin Productions; and thanks to all who came to make Troubadour Poetry Prize Night a major celebration of the best in contemporary poetry once again!
Next-up’s the end-of-season poetry-party with a predictably unpredictable theme that’ll set our invited guest poets an imaginative challenge: poems of storm and calm, of hurricane and tempest (see details below): see you all there, weather notwithstanding!
mon 16 dec: stormy weather… themed end-of-season poetry-party
Stormy Weather, Billie Holiday sang, ‘when he went away…’ as raging weather so often echoes emotional ups & downs, in Ted Hughes’ ‘wind stampeding the fields’ (Wind), in Sylvia Plath’s Insolent Storm Strikes at the Skull, in Adrienne Rich’s Storm Warnings…
Seamus Heaney marvels at the ‘big soft buffettings’ that ‘catch the heart off guard and blow it open’ (Postscript) & Paul Simon notes, on losing love, ‘Everybody sees the wind blow/ everybody sees you’re blown apart’ (Graceland) though Dorothy Parker sagely observes, ‘they sicken of the calm, who only know the storm…’
But unmetaphorical tempests have their own dramatic roles to play, not just in the eponymous Shakespeare play, but in Milton’s Lycidas & Hopkins’ Wreck of the Deutschland. Elizabeth Bishop thought ‘of the storm roaming the sky uneasily’ & Emily Dickinson admits to ‘GLEE!’ that ‘the great storm is over’ even though forty or so didn’t survive that particular tumult…
Come along & allow yourself to be swept off your feet as invited guest poets whip up a whirlwind with their favourite poems of emotional turmoil & tempestuous moments… & try our not-too-meteorological prize quiz!
readings - oct-dec 2013
mondays 8-10 pm, £8 (concs. £7)
- mon 7 oct: an evening with mark doty: mark doty reading & in-conversation, plus singer/songwriter bernadette reed
- mon 21 oct: cornucopia: an autumn harvest: hannah lowe, fiona moore, robert peake, hilda sheehan, alison brackenbury, matt bryden, angela france & kate white with henry fajemirokun
- mon 4 nov: jo shapcott, christopher reid, richard douglas pennant, huw warren & stuart silver in what we should have said: an entertaining, enlightening, innovative & unpredictable spoken-word shindig… plus, before the break, abigail parry, jill abram, roderic vincent & daisy behagg
- mon 18 nov: magma #57 launch night with editors ian mcewen & hannah lowe — special guests patience agbabi & chris mccabe
- mon 2 dec: seventh annual troubadour international poetry prize night: george szirtes & deryn rees-jones & 2013 prizewinners
- mon 16 dec: stormy weather themed end-of-season poetry-party
classes - oct-dec 2013
workshops & seminars, sundays 12-3.30 pm
£28 (concs. £24) advance booking only, with cheque, please, as our workshops/classes are frequently oversubscribed
- sun 17 nov, the eye of the storm themed writing workshop with anne-marie fyfe
- sun 1 dec, seeing red! themed writing workshop with anne-marie fyfe