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

Torriano Poetry Competition 2015

Torriano Poetry Competition 2015


Adjudicator: Ann Drysdale

No entry form required
• Poems should be written in English, to a maximum of 40 lines, typed on a single side
of A4 paper.
• Poems must be original, unpublished and not accepted for publication. No translations.
• A separate sheet of A4 should contain the titles of poems, name and email or postal address and phone number of entrant.
• Entry fees: £3 one poem, £5 for two, £10 for five.

Cheques payable to ‘Torriano Support Fund’.
To use PayPal, log into your PayPal account and send your payment to We will email you a receipt.
If you submit your poetry online, please add £0.50 for each poem.
Entries to:
Patricia Griffin, 4 Cundishall Close,
Whitstable, Kent CT5 4DA
Enquiries: Tel: 01227 276951 or
or Anthony Anderson at

Results will be posted on
The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into regarding the results.
Closing Date: 31st January 2016
Winners will be notified by 20th March 2016
Proceeds to support Torriano Meeting House, a meeting place for the arts and the community.

Winning poets will be offered featured readings at the adjudication and prize-giving event on Sunday April 24th 2016 at
Torriano Meeting House, 99 Torriano Avenue, Kentish Town, London NW5 2RX

Torriano Meeting House AGM

Hello all friends, supporters and users of Torriano
You are invited to our AGM at 5.30 – 6.15pm on Sunday 6th September 
and to our Working Group meeting at 6 -7.15pm on Monday 7 September .
These will be nice short meetings with refreshments and good company and on Sunday there is an evening exhibition launch of Urja Burghardt’s paintings and a reading of Phil Poole’s poetry to which you are most welcome .
Best wishes
Emily Johns
Treasurer, TMH

Playwriting course

Writing the short play with Little Pieces of Gold

A series of five playwriting workshops focusing on the short play. The aim is to enable you to develop your playwriting skills, nurture your writer’s voice and investigate what makes a great short play.
The workshops will be an opportunity to:
– engage with playwriting practice by investigating style, premise, theme, structure, characterisation and dialogue
– share work (only if participants choose to)
– free associate and experiment through playwriting exercises in order to generate ideas
– watch two readings of LPoG produced plays led by a theatre director

Short play showcases are thriving so writing a short piece is an excellent way to develop your playwriting skills and get your work seen. New writing nights can kickstart writing careers as events are frequently attended by producers, directors and literary agents. Writing the short play and being involved with a showcase event is also a brilliant way of collaborating with other theatre makers and forging creative relationships going forward.

Mondays – 5 Oct, 12 Oct,19 Oct, 2 Nov, 9 Nov
7.30 – 9.30 pm
Torriano Meeting House

(up to 10 participants)
Cost £80.00
Payment must be received by September 17th to ensure your place.
(details of payee by email nearer the time).
Workshops will be tutored by Suzette Coon, artistic director of Little Pieces of Gold. Her plays and directing work have been produced at theatres including Park Theatre, Theatre 503, Southwark Playhouse, Tristran Bates and the Old Red Lion Theatre. She has been producing Little Pieces of Gold’s short play nights since 2010.
Follow LPoG on Twitter – @suzettecoon


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.


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