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
 

Unity Folk Club tonight

Unity Folk Club at Torriano| Drawing Emily Johns

Unity Folk Club at Torriano| Drawing Emily Johns

Monday 28th Nov, 8pm, £4

 

Unity Folk Club  was started in the late 40s / early 50s by Jack Firestein, a Unity Theatre management committee chair, and the front of house face of Unity Theatre, running the bookstall in the foyer during every performance (weekends only) and the folk club in the bar on Wednesdays. Jack remained a steadfast, principled and caring socialist all his life. It was his life.

Unity was of course the left-wing theatre in Mornington Crescent that specialised in socialist theatre, famous for its political pantomimes and living newspapers and for being at the heart of the militant national theatre movement in the 1930s. The Unity made its name with Waiting for Lefty and was the first theatre to stage a Brecht play in Britain.

Paul Robeson

Paul Robeson. Photo: Library of Congress via wikicommons

The folk club had to move after fires shut the Theatre. Pete Seeger and Paul Robeson were two famous singers connected with the Unity Theatre and Jack.

The Unity Folk Club was at the Enterprise in Chalk Farm Road until 2003 when it moved to its present venue.

The central point of the club is to help to keep political folk singing alive, which is particularly necessary in the present climate.

Everybody welcome, especially singers and poets who sing or read against war, capitalism, exploitation, privatisation, imperialism and globalisation.

Admission fee: £4

 Last Monday of the month. 

For further details please contact  either by e-mail or phone 020 7485 8752.

THIS SUNDAY AT TORRIANO: A GREAT EVENING OF POETRY

7.30pm, 20th November, £5/£4

Danielle Hope and Caroline Carver

Poets from the floor welcome

 

Annie Sedley paintings

24 November – 31 December 2016

Receptions with artist on Friday 2nd December 6-9pm and Sunday 11th December 11.30am-3pm.

Annie Sedley’s paintings are a personal response to
colour, light and the rhythms of the landscape. Among
her subjects are UK landscapes, including Hampstead
Heath, London, Burton Bradstock, Dorset, Moel y Wynn
in Wales and South Hazlerigg, Northumberland, as well
as hot summer landscapes painted in Casole d’Elsa,
Italy, southwest France, and the landscapes of the
American Southwest, coastal Maine and Cape Cod.

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This Sunday at Torriano: a great evening of poetry

From City Lit Poets

Joe Cullen

Kathryn Southworth

Clifford Forde

Introduced by Roy Lockett

7.30pm, 13th November

Poets from the floor welcome

 

Coming soon

gavin_ewart‘From Page to Stage Poets’ led by Lisa Kelly. A unique opportunity for up to six poets to develop a set of poems for performance on 11 December at the Torriano Meeting House at 7.30pm. Over five workshop sessions you will develop your poems and performance techniques leading up to your Sunday night reading at the Torriano.  Tuesdays 11.30am – 2.30pm. November 8th; November 15th; November 22nd; November 29th; December 6th. £95. Book with Lisa by email: lisakellyuk[at]yahoo[dot]com

Torriano Poetry this Sunday

sunday reading late 1980s

Sunday October 16th, 7.30pm, £5/£4, poets from the floor welcome – Lucy Leagrave, Kirsten Irving, Michael Wyndham and Jason King – introduced by Kevin Reinhardt

Public Meeting

post-feminist_in_a_post-patriarchy“Patriarchy: alive and kicking in the 21st century” – open discussion facilitated by Carla Dee.
8pm Thurs 17 Nov at the Torriano Meeting House.
Organised by the Socialist Party of Great Britain.

25th September

Torriano Poetry, tonight at 7.30 we have Green Bottle Press reading – Green Bottle Poets Sarah Sibley, Claire Booker and Ivonne Piper, introduced by Jennifer Grigg

Autumn poetry at Torriano starts this Sunday

gavin_ewartWith Chrys Salt and Pete Brown. 4 September 7.30. £5/£4 according to pocket.

New workshops at Torriano

lisakelly-e1412207262834-213x282Poetry workshops led by regular Torriano host and Hearing Eye poet Lisa Kelly. Saturdays 1-5pm. September 24th; October 15th; November 19th. £19 /£15 per day. Book with Lisa by email: lisakellyuk[at]yahoo[dot]com

‘From Page to Stage Poets’ led by Lisa Kelly. A unique opportunity for up to six poets to develop a set of poems for performance on 11 December at the Torriano Meeting House at 7.30pm. Over five workshop sessions you will develop your poems and performance techniques leading up to your Sunday night reading at the Torriano.  Tuesdays 11.30am – 2.30pm. November 8th; November 15th; November 22nd; November 29th; December 6th. £95. Book with Lisa by email: lisakellyuk[at]yahoo[dot]com

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