Torriano Meeting House


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 season starts this Sunday

 9th September 7.30. £5/£4 according to pocket

Angela France and Josephine Corcoran, introduced by Maggie Butt


Launch of new book: ‘Sovereign Invalid’ by Alan Cunningham

28th September, 7.30pm

Alan-Cunningham-03-colourIntra-city work commutes, European train rides, the visiting of familiar places and the relocation to new ones, expressions of concern for teeth, old men drinking Capri-Sun, young women drinking beer and wine, the eating of digestive biscuits and honey, the chopping of fresh pears for inclusion within dessert, the following of uncertain impulses and the living of an often online life.

Amongst all this, and much more besides, Alan Cunningham (Count from Zero to One Hundred) has crafted a restless tale about the tenderness and grace that can be found in failing the idea of one’s self. Echoing work by Georges Perec and Clarice Lispector, Sovereign Invalid is an often jarring novella that explores what occurs when we abandon a desire for constant strength and instead embrace, however delicately, the troubling limits of our bodies.

About the author: Alan Cunningham is from the north of Ireland and is the author of Count from Zero to One Hundred (Penned in the Margins, 2013) and Sovereign Invalid (Dostoyevsky Wannabe, 2018). A collection of narrative essays, New Green Fool: Essays after The Green Fool, will be published by Gorse Editions in 2019.

A taste of September

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Torriano Poetry tonight

Sunday 15th July, 7.30pm – Elizabeth Parker and Jill Abram introduced by Pauline Sewards. £5/£4 according to pocket.

elizabeth-parkerElizabeth Parker‘s new collection, In Her Shambles is published by Seren books. Elizabeth was brought up in the Forest of Dean where her parents run a garden centre. She now lives on the Harbourside in Bristol.
In Her Shambles is a book of acute observation, intelligence and feeling. This is a radiantly-written and vigorous collection by a rising star of British poetry.’ David Morley, winner of The Ted Hughes Award
‘Hers is a dexterous poetry of confidently conjured atmospheres and moods, at once elusive and heady with lyric invention. She has a canny way with the repeated phrase and a technical control that’s impressive yet lightly worn. Parker’s debut is, without doubt, a fine thing to be both celebrated and admired.’ Martin Malone, poet and editor of poetry journal: The Interpreter’s House.

bw-by-naomiJill Abram is Director of Malika’s Poetry Kitchen, a collective which encourages craft, community and development. She is a prize-winning poet who writes as well for the page and mind as she does for the ear and audience. She has been described as poignant and funny and having mischief and poise; her poems have been described as satirical and quirky and she has great appeal to those who think they don’t like poetry, as well as those who know they do. Publications include Magma, The Rialto, Under The Radar, Tears in the Fence and And Other Poems. She grew up in Manchester,
travelled the world and now lives in London where she performs regularly, as well as occasionally beyond, including Ledbury Poetry Festival, Paris and USA.


protestA  9-day residency by The Resistance Crew at Torriano. We’ll be showing our latest selection of artefacts from the last 30 years of UK protest.

Join us at the EXHIBITION PREVIEW at 7.30pm on Friday 8 June for music, drink and a chat about future plans.

If you’ve got any archive material from past campaigns, come to the HOW TO ARCHIVE session on Sunday 10 June 2-6 to learn how to put your precious stuff online in a permanent and accessible way (bring a laptop if possible, though this is not necessary).

Or simply bring in some archive photos, documents, or video at any of the following times:
Tues 12 June 2 – 5.30
Weds 13 June 2 – 5.30
Thurs 14 June 2 – 5.30
Fri 15 June 2 – 5.30
Sun 16 June 2 – 5.00

For further archiving details:

OPENING TIMES for the exhibit and FULL PROGRAMME are here:

FRI 8 June 2-10,
SAT 9 June 12-6,
SUN 10 June 12-6,
MON 11 June 2-10 (7.30 RiseUp Workshop),
TUES 12 June (6.30 Occupy films and chat),
WEDS 13 June 2-5.30,
THURS 14 June 2-10 (7.30 Resistance Stories),
FRI 15 June 2-10 (7.30 Music and social),
SAT 16 June 6-10 Film Night,
SUN 17 June 2-5.

This month’s happenings


Hungarian Film society

Saturday 12 May 3pm

Time Stands Still, dir. Péter Gothártime stands still
with English subtitles

Hungarian film classic made in 1982 about post 1956 youth in the 60s

Presented by Agnes Hay, free all welcome

Torriano workshops

Poetry workshops

Led by regular Torriano host and Hearing Eye poet Lisa Kelly. Saturdays 1-5pm. Poetry workshops led by regular Torriano host and Hearing Eye poet Lisa Kelly. Saturdays 1-5pm. £19 /£15 per day. Book with Lisa by email: lisakellyuk[at]yahoo[dot]com

Wood engravingbutterfly

Saturday 9th June, 11am – 5pm.
A one day introduction to wood engraving,
a delicate and powerful printmaking technique.

We will be covering history, tools, image making and printing.

A practice block of wood, ink and paper will be supplied. Use class tools or bring your own. Extra wood blocks and cutting surfaces can be purchased during the session.
Tutor: Emily Johns. 10 places. £50/£30/£20 according to pocket.

To book please phone Emily on 01424 719 570 or email emilyjohns[replace with an @ sign]

Film and poetry

Poets interested in putting moving images with their poems contact film maker Agnes Hay hayagi[replace with an at sign] for one to one sessions.

Excitements of the month

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Talking Stick

Thursday 26 – Saturday 28 April

A group show by…30546868_2134540183239378_451998887_o

Alice Violet Campbell
Daisy Young
Martin Esseman
Marianne Murray 
Rachel Isabel
Simone de Villiers

And guests tbc ♥

Swing on over to the lovely Torriano Meeting house for our three day Talking Stick extravaganza.

A talking stick is a tool for speech we remember using at primary school. It wasn’t always a stick – often it was a bean bag or something with a face, but if you had it you could talk and if you didn’t you couldn’t. Everyone had a turn unless you were a mouthy little shit at school.

The talking stick is an instrument of democracy used by aboriginal and indigenous cultures. The stick is passed through the group to ensure that even the shyest are heard, and prevent loud voices from dominating conversation.

Thursday 26th
7pm Opening Night Performances

Friday 27th
12-6pm Exhibition open to public
7pm Life Drawing Class

Saturday 28th
Coffee Morning
Talking Stick Craft Workshop
Poetry Tombola

7pm Closing Night Film Screening

Stay tuned! More information to come!

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