Torriano Meeting House


Poetry Art Politics Community 

Torriano Meeting House  is a user-funded grass-roots volunteer-run arts and community organisation in Kentish Town. We are best known for our poetry events but we have many other long running strands including storytelling for adults, writing and storytelling workshops, hosting local political campaigning groups, theatrical events, left wing folk club, and we very much support grass-roots creativity and social change.  

Torriano is a space for you to organise events and projects.

“What is the purpose of resisting corporate globalization if not to protect the obscure, the ineffable, the unmarketable, the unmanageable, the local, the poetic and the eccentric? So they need to be practiced, celebrated and studied too, right now.” – Rebecca Solnit


This month’s happenings


Hungarian Film society

Saturday 12 May 3pm

Time Stands Still, dir. Péter Gothártime stands still
with English subtitles

Hungarian film classic made in 1982 about post 1956 youth in the 60s

Presented by Agnes Hay, free all welcome

Torriano workshops

Poetry workshops

Led by regular Torriano host and Hearing Eye poet Lisa Kelly. Saturdays 1-5pm. Poetry workshops led by regular Torriano host and Hearing Eye poet Lisa Kelly. Saturdays 1-5pm. £19 /£15 per day. Book with Lisa by email: lisakellyuk[at]yahoo[dot]com

Wood engravingbutterfly

Saturday 9th June, 11am – 5pm.
A one day introduction to wood engraving,
a delicate and powerful printmaking technique.

We will be covering history, tools, image making and printing.

A practice block of wood, ink and paper will be supplied. Use class tools or bring your own. Extra wood blocks and cutting surfaces can be purchased during the session.
Tutor: Emily Johns. 10 places. £50/£30/£20 according to pocket.

To book please phone Emily on 01424 719 570 or email emilyjohns[replace with an @ sign]

Film and poetry

Poets interested in putting moving images with their poems contact film maker Agnes Hay 0207 8371631 for one to one sessions.

Excitements of the month

april may 2018

Talking Stick

Thursday 26 – Saturday 28 April

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Alice Violet Campbell
Daisy Young
Martin Esseman
Marianne Murray 
Rachel Isabel
Simone de Villiers

And guests tbc ♥

Swing on over to the lovely Torriano Meeting house for our three day Talking Stick extravaganza.

A talking stick is a tool for speech we remember using at primary school. It wasn’t always a stick – often it was a bean bag or something with a face, but if you had it you could talk and if you didn’t you couldn’t. Everyone had a turn unless you were a mouthy little shit at school.

The talking stick is an instrument of democracy used by aboriginal and indigenous cultures. The stick is passed through the group to ensure that even the shyest are heard, and prevent loud voices from dominating conversation.

Thursday 26th
7pm Opening Night Performances

Friday 27th
12-6pm Exhibition open to public
7pm Life Drawing Class

Saturday 28th
Coffee Morning
Talking Stick Craft Workshop
Poetry Tombola

7pm Closing Night Film Screening

Stay tuned! More information to come!

Torriano Poetry Tonight

April 15th – Dan Kennedy and Roy Lockett: songs and poetry

7.30pm. £5/£4 according to pocket.

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Puppet Richard II comes to Torriano

Coming on Sunday 6th May The Life and Death of Puppet King Richard II performed by Pocket Epics

Torriano Film Society

For International Women’s Day:

“Make More Noise” suffragettes in silent film, plus surprise shorts. Free.
Thursday 8 March 7.30

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Magma deaf issue exhibition

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International Women’s Day 2018

4th March, 3pm

New Factory of the Eccentric Actor celebrates with performance, readings, tea and cake. Revolutionary songs will be sung. Free!

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