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

Poetry in cyberspace

On Sunday 31 May at 7.30pm Dan Kennedy will host a Torriano Poetry evening online in Zoom. Poets from the floor most welcome, probably no Icelandic sagas.
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Meeting ID: 771 4449 8817
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May morning

Wishing you spring joy, spring solidarity, green of the leaves and red of the workers.

Every Maytide Dinah Livingstone reads at Torriano. Here she reads two poems for us, ‘Common’ and ‘The old campaigner’


Unity Folk Club plays on in isolation

Mick playing a tune by Brendan McGlinchey with an appropriate title for these times!


Torriano closed but keeps on

We are not hosting meetings at the Meeting House until it is safe to do so again. But we have a community, creativity, a website and an email list. We are looking into continuing to host remote poetry gatherings, exhibitions and other events so keep connected and throw in ideas and skills to make this happen.howard 2

Image: Howard Fritz

Poetry in the time of Corona

A collective decision was made to cancel the reading on Sunday 15 March. We will welcome everyone to hear Carol de Vaughn, Katherine Gallagher, Tim Waller and Julian Bishop read later in the year when all is well.

Keep an eye on the Torriano website for further developments.




E46C8B04-D163-477F-9AEE-3523CF41B603Alice Howard’s second exhibition at Torriano Meeting House. Alice is a recent graduate of Slade School of Art and Hastings Collage of Art.

Catch these pictures until end of March.


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