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
 

A response to Howard Fritz: writing workshop

TORRIANO BENEFIT TORRIANO BENEFIT TORRIANO BENEFIT

WORKSHOP SUITABLE FOR NEW & EXPERIENCED POETS AND PROSE-WRITERS

POETRY WORKSHOP BENEFIT BASED ON THE PAINTINGS OF AMERICAN ARTIST HOWARD FRITZ CURRENTLY EXHIBITED AT TORRIANO UNTIL EARLY MARCH

FRIDAY, 26 FEBRUARY, 2 – 5PM £10 PER PERSON

WITH POET KATHERINE GALLAGHER

All the pictures on display at the Torrriano were painted in London but they draw on both American and British influences. Fitz’s work can be described as figurative but with the particular twist that it features accurate representations of people and objects set in unlikely combinations, for which the term ’surreal’ would probably be appropriate’. (Mike Bartholomew-Biggs, London Grip).

Bartholomew-Biggs’ comment points to the tone of the Exhibition: what is happening? These are atmospheric pictures packed with detail, a sense of danger, a world askew. . .chains of suspense, escape, alarm, juxtapositions – it’s all deadly serious, expectant, with few smiles and lots of irony.

For the workshop, there’ll be some writing-prompt-handouts, discussions, with time to write and shape poems. Followed by readbacks if participants wish. Hopefully, we’ll have some new poems and stories – maybe prose-poems. The Workshop is for new and experienced prose and poetry writers.

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Only four days left to write a winning poem!

TPComp 2015Torriano Poetry Competition 2015

FIRST PRIZE £250 | SECOND PRIZE £150 | THIRD PRIZE £75

Adjudicator: Ann Drysdale
ALL POEMS WILL BE READ BY THE ADJUDICATOR

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 anderwest@sky.com. We will email you a receipt.
If you submit your poetry online, please add £0.50 for each poem.

Entries
By post: Patricia Griffin, 4 Cundishall Close, Whitstable, Kent CT5 4DA
By email: Anthony Anderson
anderwest@sky.com
Enquiries: Tel: 01227 276951 or email: june.english@outlook.com

Results will be posted on http://www.torriano.org
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

Just four days left to write a winning poem. Torriano Poetry Competition 2015-16

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Torriano Poetry Competition 2015

FIRST PRIZE £250 | SECOND PRIZE £150 | THIRD PRIZE £75

Adjudicator: Ann Drysdale
ALL POEMS WILL BE READ BY THE ADJUDICATOR

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 anderwest@sky.com. We will email you a receipt.
If you submit your poetry online, please add £0.50 for each poem.

Entries
By post: Patricia Griffin, 4 Cundishall Close, Whitstable, Kent CT5 4DA
By email: Anthony Anderson
anderwest@sky.com
Enquiries: Tel: 01227 276951 or email: june.english@outlook.com

Results will be posted on http://www.torriano.org
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

Just four days left to write a winning poem

Layout 1

Torriano Poetry Competition 2015

FIRST PRIZE £250 | SECOND PRIZE £150 | THIRD PRIZE £75

Adjudicator: Ann Drysdale
ALL POEMS WILL BE READ BY THE ADJUDICATOR

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 anderwest@sky.com. We will email you a receipt.
If you submit your poetry online, please add £0.50 for each poem.

Entries
By post: Patricia Griffin, 4 Cundishall Close, Whitstable, Kent CT5 4DA
By email: Anthony Anderson
anderwest@sky.com
Enquiries: Tel: 01227 276951 or email: june.english@outlook.com

Results will be posted on http://www.torriano.org
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

Hungarians Abroad

The Hungarian Association of London invites you to a

Conversation About Hungary 2

Hungarians Abroad

Outside of the borders, emigrants, student, workers, second generation: there are more Hungarians outside Hungary than inside.

3pm Saturday 30 January 2016

at Torriano Meeting House

If you do not know about Hungary
If you know about Hungary
If you agree with its leadership
if you do not agree with its leadership

Ask your questions
Tell your opinion
Listen to others

 

Torriano Working Group meeting postponed to 6pm February 1st

MeetingTORRIANO WORKING GROUP MEETS 6pm Mon 1st February 2016. This meeting runs TMH, planning events and sharing the practical and logistic work between us. All welcome.

A Midwinter Afternoon

Inti_Raimi
You are invited to the
TORRIANO SOLSTICE SOCIAL SUNDAY
Sunday 20 December at 2 PM – 6 PM
Torriano Meeting House
Conviviality|Music|Conversation|Poetry|Film|Song|Books
Refreshment and Mulled Wine
All welcome

Paintings by Howard Fritz

This is very exciting, Howard Fritz is going to have his first exhibition in January. It is going to be at Torriano Meeting House. He has painted hundreds of pictures over many decades. They are surrealist compositions referencing film stills and found photographs which create visual poetry.

Howard Fritz was born in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1929. He then lived in many places in the USA, and in 1985 he and his wife, Leah, moved to London where all the pictures seen in the show were painted.
There will be a viewing on  Tuesday 12th January 1pm  and a second reception on  Sunday 21st February at 1pm. The work will be on view before and during all the  advertised events at Torriano Meeting House and by appointment until 4 March. For more information: phone 01424 719 570
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Hope for Great Things to Happen

Join the New Factory of the Eccentric Actor at Torriano Meeting House on December the 5th, 7pm…

“A rare opportunity to glimpse and snuffle around in the New Factory’s eccentric ideas and vision.
Eight embryonic chunks; starting points for productions that we would like to make over the next few years.
Come along and add your half-pennyworth. Good serious fun, could turn ugly…”-

Conversation About Hungary

MAP HungaryW

3pm Saturday 21 November, at Torriano Meeting House, hosted by The Hungarian Association of London. Free event.

If you do not know about Hungary
If you know about Hungary
If you agree with its leadership
if you do not agree with its leadership

Ask your questions
Tell your opinion
Listen to others

Is Hungary a Christian country?
Is the population ethnically homogeneous?
How does its history relate to the refugee crisis?

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