Torriano Meeting House

Torriano Meeting House outside

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

Learn to do your poems justice!

Eve Pearce

Eve Pearce

Last bookings, a few places still left on
A Workshop with Eve Pearce (LGSM Speech & Drama)

Tuesday 7 July 2015, 7pm – 9.30pm

Reduce your stage nerves, project with presence
and let your poems speak!

For poets, and anyone wishing to increase their confidence in public speaking. Using your own and other work by well known poets, we will work on:
Breathing – Projection – Posture – Connecting with the audience – Using the imagination – Stage presence

Eve Pearce is a veteran actress who has played leading parts with the RSC and National Theatre and made countless appearances on TV and film. Her first poetry collection ‘Capturing Snowflakes’ (Greenheart Press) was published in 2012, following her pamphlet ‘Woman in Winter’ (Hearing Eye).

Venue: Torriano Meeting House, Torriano Avenue,
Kentish Town NW5 2RX
Nearest Tube: Kentish Town; Buses: 134, C2, 390 and 393
Cost: £12, £9 concessions
Doors open: 6.30pm for 7pm start. Please be prompt.
Please bring two copies of a poem you’d like to work on
To book a place: telephone 0208 348 2658 or email

All proceeds go to the Torriano Meeting House

Torriano poetry tonight

Sunday 14th June 7.30pm. £5/£4 according to pocket. Jill Abram presents RA Villanueva, Rishi Dastidar & Cat Brogan

To celebrate May Day

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERATorriano Poetry. We have Dinah Livingstone reading tonight at 7.30pm. Poets from the floor welcome. £5/£4 according to pocket.

Tonight at Torriano

29 March: It’s worth braving wind and rain and British Summer Time to hear guest poets Chrissie Gittins and Lorraine Marriner read at 7.30. Poets from the floor welcome. £5/£4 according to pocket.

Torriano Poetry Competition Prize Winners 2015

Judged by Martyn Crucefix

1st Prize  One Small Act of Survival, Claire Dyer,  Reading, Berkshire.

2nd  Prize  Ghost Orchid,  Dilys Wood, West Sussex.

3rd   Prize The Hair, Catherine Edmunds, Bishop Auckland, Co Durham

Highly Commended

The Disappeared, Norbert Hirschhorn

When I heard your chemo hadn’t worked, Carole Bromley, York

My Humble Body, Kate Foley, Amsterdam, Holland

At The War Museum, Tony Lucas

Theft, Josh Ekroy

Body Evidence, Alexandra Davis, Felixstowe, Suffolk

Kentucky Fried Chicken in Georgia,  Valerie Darville, Enfield, Middlesex

The Man Whose Car was Stolen… Christopher North, Alicante, Spain

Ordinary Love, Noel Williams, Sheffield,

Vulcano, Julie Mellor, Sheffield S. Yorks.

Dear Revisionist, Martin Malone, Rugby, Warwickshire

A Sedge of Herons, Noel Williams, Sheffield

Teign, Roland Malony, Beer, Devon

As the days play on, M. Stasiak, London

Quickly, Sue MacIntyre, London


Many thanks to all the entrants to the Poetry Competition

This Sunday is International Women’s Day

3pm Sunday 8th March: Heroines of Revolution, a celebratory theatrical event from the New Factory of the Eccentric Actor. Free

& at 7.30pm Torriano Poetry: Guest poets are Lisa Kelly and David Floyd. Readers from the floor welcome. £5/£4 according to pocketHeroines_Flyer

Tonight at Torriano, the wonderful John Hegley

7.30pm. £5/£4 according to pocket.

This Sunday at Torriano

25 January, 7.30pm, £5/£4 acording to pocket.
Rosemary Norman and students from the Poetry School’s ‘Vanguard’ class read their work.

Brightening days

Many thanks to the anonymous donor who gave a £250 Christmas present to Torriano Meeting House. The Torriano Working Group is very happily seeking out electricians to put in new lighting

Many thanks to Emiko Hashimoto, partner of Nick Blair who was a fine poet and friend of Torriano Meeting House. We were very touched to receive Nick’s bequest of £3,000 on the winter solstice. Hearing Eye published Nick’s ‘Witness Statement’ in 2009 which can be seen here.

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