“… 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
Welcome back to an exciting Summer 2016 season in the run-up to our twentieth Coffee-House Poetry year starting this Autumn.
Great to be back from a busy US tour where (along with readings etc) I had the opportunity of promoting the tenth Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2016, with judges Jane Yeh & Glyn Maxwell, & with £7,000 & more in prizes, at AWP in Los Angeles. Check out rules/dates/info & do read some of our nine-years’-worth of wonderful former winners….
And do please remember our new prize-submission deadline of Tue 21 June with results in August & prize-giving in October.
Lots happening in May & June from our Across Oceans exchange on 9th May, with three high-profile award-winning poets adding to the dazzle in our What We Should Have Said words-&-music format on 23rd, a highly topical debate on print vs online poetry in June with four poets each with a special interest in the topic (& each with some great poems in the first half!), & an end-of-season party theme that ties in with a new — & slightly strange — Sunday workshop exploration Invisible Cities.
Look forward to seeing lots of you in the cool of the Troubadour’s summer city garden over the next couple of months!
mon 9 may, 8-10 pm, £7 at the troubadour across oceans: with d. nurkse, geraldine paine, lynne hjelmgaard, paul deaton, robert peake, claire williamson & joshua weiner plus henry fajemirokun
A US/UK evening featuring voices from both sides of the Atlantic:
- D. Nurkse lives in New York, has written on human rights issues & worked with Amnesty International, & has published 10 poetry collections including A Night in Brooklyn (Knopf, 2012, CB Editions, 2013)
- Lecturer & former actress Geraldine Paine lives in Kent, is a founder member of poetry group Scatterlings & has two Lapwing pamphlets, latest, The Beginnings of Trees (2013)
- Former art-teacher & sailor, Lynne Hjelmgaard (b. NYC), moved to Denmark in 1971 & now lives in London & Copenhagen: latest from Seren, A Boat Called Annalise (2016)
- Bristol-based art-consultant & runner, Paul Deaton has had poems in The Spectator, PN Review, London Magazine & The Dark Horse: his debut poetry pamphlet Black Knight has just been published by Eyewear
- US-born Robert Peake (now lives in Hertfordshire) created the Transatlantic Poetry series: Nine Arches Press published his first full-length poetry collection, The Knowledge, in 2015
- Claire Williamson has written libretti for Welsh National Opera & Bristol Plays Music: latest poetry publication Split Ends (Eyewear, 2016)
- Boston-born Joshua Weiner grew up in New Jersey, studied at Northwestern & Berkeley, & edited At the Barriers: On the Poetry of Thom Gunn: his latest poetry collection is The Figure of a Man Being Swallowed by a Fish (Univ. Chicago, 2013)
- plus guitarist & singer Henry Fajemirokun
readings - may-jun 2016
mondays 8-10 pm, £7 at the troubadour
for advance booking: pay via PayPal (below programme details) or send cheque payable to Coffee-House Poetry at PO Box 16210, LONDON, W4 1ZP
- mon 9 may: across oceans: with d. nurkse, geraldine paine, lynne hjelmgaard, paul deaton, robert peake, claire williamson & joshua weiner plus henry fajemirokun
- mon 23 may: sarah howe, michael symmons roberts, caitriona o’reilly, marios takoushis & stuart silver in what we should have said, an entertaining, enlightening, innovative & unpredictable spoken-word shindig plus, before the break, faber academy poets
- mon 6 jun: the end of the page?: a coffee-house colloquy, with hannah lowe, gregory leadbetter, richard price, carrie etter & c.l. dallat
- mon 20 jun: the hidden life of cities: An end-of-season poetry party with invited guest readers, music & prize-quiz
classes - may-jun 2016
sundays 12-3.30 pm, £28 at the troubadour (yeats walk £18 from ravenscourt park tube)
- sun 15 may, 12-3.30 pm: invisible cities: themed writing workshop anne-marie fyfe
- sun 19 jun, 2.30—5 pm: land of heart’s desire: a wb yeats walk with cl dallat
- check website later for further may-jun workshops/classes…
& coming up…
- sat 13—sat 20 aug, poetry course (residential) with anne-marie fyfe & co-tutor cl dallat at château l’age baston
- sat 20—sat 27 aug, poetry course (residential) with anne-marie fyfe & co-tutor cl dallat at château l’age baston
advance booking only as our workshops/classes (limited to 15 attendees) are frequently oversubscribed: pay via PayPal below programme details or send cheque payable to Coffee-House Poetry to Coffee-House Poetry, PO Box 16210, LONDON, W4 1ZP: if overbooked you will be informed by e-mail & refunded promptly