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


Torriano Fun Palace


At our last Fun Palace a time machine was built, poetry was delivered from the top of a ladder, robots roamed the floor, Iraqi love songs were sung, telescopes were constructed, a mobile grew and grew, the beginning of the universe was pondered, thoughts were had, conversations were long, brains twitched, the spirit took flight, the soul had pleasure…and this year as we embrace the arts and science of the Russian Revolution something of the sort will grow again

Saturday 7 October, noon until 10 at night


Ladovsky’s 1921 drawing for a collective house, let’s build it!

Start of the autumn poetry season at Torriano

Sunday 3rd September  at 7.30pm.

Magma 68 reading: Anna Selby, Dawn Gorman, Joolz Sparkes, Nick Moss, David Gilbert and Michelle Penn
hosted by David Floyd

Poets from the floor welcome. Admission £5/£4 (according to pocket)


Torriano Film Society

Double Bill start 7pm Saturday the 22 of July

“Resonance – Beings of frequency”
“Emerald forest”

Free, donations welcome

Upcoming exhibition

Saad Mushatat 

17-28 March 2017

The artist thinks of himself as a product of the 1970’s, an era in Iraq that “was blessed with culture, art and creativity, (and) was very fundamental in shaping our lives,” he said.

Saad studied painting at Sir John Cass and Camberwell Schools of Art.

Evocation by John Nash, played by the composer at Torriano in 1989

Dedicated to John Rety and Susan Johns – founders of the Torriano Meeting House. This performance was part of a recital I gave at Torriano on 7th October 1989. Recorded on a pocket cassette machine held by a member of the audience. – John Nash

Torriano Poetry this Sunday

12th February 7.30. £5/£4 – Joan Michelson and Amali Rodrigo. Poets from the floor welcome

Kicking off Torriano Poetry 2017

22 January

Dempsey & Windle publishing present Patrick OsadaEddie Chauncy, Kyle McHale and Dónall Dempsey introduced by Janice Windle. 7.30pm. £5/4 according to pocket. Poets from the floor welcome.




Eve Pearce & Timothy Adès

An Evening with Will: his sonnets in old and new versions
Presented by award-winning actress, Eve Pearce (Royal Shakespeare Company, West End productions of ‘Wild Oats’ and ‘Les Liaisons Dangereuses’, Mike Leigh’s ‘Topsy-Turvey’); and award-winning rhyming translator of Victor Hugo Timothy Adès who in his updating of Shakespeare has eschewed the letter E. And all to benefit Torriano Meeting House, the user-funded, grass-roots, volunteer-run arts and community organisation in Kentish Town.

Thursday 26 January, 7 for 7.30pm. £5/£4


Torriano Film Society presents

on Saturday 17 December 4pm


(1931, USSR, Dziga Vertov, 1 hour).
A weird, avantgarde documentary about
mining and five year plans.
A masterpiece of early sound film.

Egy Különc Úr Naplójából – From the Diary of an
Eccentric Gentleman

(1972, Hungary, Ágnes Háy, 15 min)
A papercut animation

Plus a series of suprise shorts

Free. Donations welcome


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