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

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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Come All Ye, a Torriano solstice celebration

Inti_Raimi21st December6pm Come All Ye, a solstice celebration, bring poetry, music, stories, friends, food, drink to share.

(contact Gianna Lapini for menu co-ordination, let her know what you are bringing and she can counterbalance the mincepies <giannalapini[at]>)

Book now: LEARN TO DO YOUR POEMS JUSTICE! A voice workshop with Eve Pearce (LGSM Speech & Drama)

Eve Pearce

Eve Pearce

Thursday 15 January

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).

To book a place phone 0208 348 2658 or 0207 482 0044
or email
Venue: Torriano Meeting House, 99 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

This workshop is a benefit for Torriano Meeting House

This Sunday

web-nightingale-colourDecember 14th 7.30 Poetry Dennis Evans plus musicians. Poets from the floor welcome

Also at 4pm David Floyd and Emily Johns will be running a workshop on how to apply for grant funding for projects at Torriano.

Also at 5pm we have the Torriano Working Group meeting. Come along if you can take on a task in day to day running or would like to organise an event.

Would you like a grant for your project at Torriano?

Carnegie-1903On Sunday 14th December 4pm David Floyd and Emily Johns will be running a workshop on how to apply for grant funding for projects at Torriano. So if you would like to teach a course, put on an event, have an exhibition, a happening, a meeting, change the world, make pleasure, politics, art, poetry etc come along. The purpose of this session is to share the skills of grant application and to help Torriano and its users get financial support for their creative and social change work.

What about the rent? you ask

109Bäuerliche_AbgabenThe Torriano rent and lease issue has been running since June. It is not resolved yet, a new lease has not been signed. However whatever the rent turns out to be, we will have a 50% rebate until March 2016 when Camden Council will reconsider its policy with regards to community centres.

Highlight of the week

Torriano Poetry Sunday 9 November  7.30pm, £5/£4: – Reading by guest poets Anna Robinson and Jo Roach. Poets from the floor welcome


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