Torriano Meeting House


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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

Please bring a mask to events.

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Torriano events

Torriano Poetry

Sunday 18th September, 7.30 – Laura Scott, Declan Ryan introduced by Lisa Kelly. £6/£5 cash. Poets from the floor welcome

Torriano Teas

Again, every Wednesday

Sunday Poetry

The autumn season opens with

Sunday 4th September – Peter Phillips, Dinah Livingstone, Dan Kennedy

7.30pm; £6/5 according to pocket

Torriano Teas

The hosts are taking a break and will be back with tea, poetry, conversation on Wednesday 7 September 3 – 5pm.

Sunday Poetry

Sunday 24 July 7.30pm. Poets for Peace hosted by Dan Kennedy. free. Poets from the floor welcome.

Also Torriano in cyberspace at 6.30.
There is no guest reader. The live session at Torriano is not broadcast here. Bring poems to read or just listen. Join us there, all welcome. All welcome to read or listen. Free.

Join Zoom Meeting
 Meeting ID: 394 099 1487
 Passcode: 8dFNdWq

Poets for Peace

Torriano Poetry

Sunday July 3rd, 7.30. Cash £6/£5 (or more) according to pocket

Forrest Gander, translator of Coral Bracho’s, It Must Be a Misunderstanding: New and Selected Poems, introduced by poet Leo Boix. Readings and conversation hosted by Lisa Kelly.

Forrest Gander (born 1956) is an American poet, translator, essayist, and novelist. The A.K. Seaver Professor Emeritus of Literary Arts & Comparative Literature at Brown University, Gander won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 2019 for Be With and is chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Torriano Teas

Hosted by Agnes Hay, Dan Kennedy and Penny Dimond. Drop by for conversation, poetry, music, tea.

Poetry Sunday

June 12th, 7.30 – Judi Sutherland reading from her new pamphlet ‘Following Teisa’ introduced by Pauline Sewards. £6/5 according to pocket. introduced by Pauline Sewards.

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