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


Saad Mushatat exhibition

Private views: Friday 24 May 7—10pm & Saturday 25 May 6—10pm.
Fri 31 May 7­­—10pm poetry to accompany Saad Mushatat paintings
Saturday 1 June 6—10pm with music

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”.

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

Trevor Simmons paintings

April: Trevor Simmons paintings

Private view Tuesday 9 April 6-8pm. Also open 10-4pm Sat 13, Sun 14 & Sun 28 April

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George Meadows

Last days of ticket booking for The Return of George Meadows Friday 5 April.
A Torriano benefit performance.


A rare treat

Torriano Poetry 24 March, 7.30pm, £5/£4

Lisa Kelly and David Floyd

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Who was Lujza

4A1891B9-FC3E-4E37-9FD0-2C7A6EDE4BE5Lujza Havas (1923-2018) was not only mother and grandmother, but also an intellectual: book editor, art historian, art critic, Holocaust survivor and a great person.

‘Like a Flower’ video by  Agnes Hay 20 min
Slide show by Blanka Hay
Holocaust memories by Lujza Havas
(you may bring a bottle or something)

The Return of George Meadows


Ticket booking on Eventbrite

International Women’s Day Celebration

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10th March, 3pm

Tea, cake and an afternoon of revolutionary women. Free

Long Poem Magazine celebration hosted by Linda Black. 

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Sunday 27th January 7.30pm. £5/£4 according to pocket

Issue 20  marks ten years  of Long Poem Magazine. To celebrate this, poets Mark Waldron, Annie Freud, Jemma Borg, Joan Michelson, Siddhartha Bose and Maitreyabandhu read poems published in the magazine.

2019 events

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Sunday 20th January – London launch of Spark: poems in response to Muriel Spark’s novels. Editors, Rob A Mackenzie and Louise Peterkin, asked 44 of today’s most exciting poets to write poems muriel_spark_1960inspired by Muriel Spark’s 22 novels (2 poets per novel). Rob, Louise, Anna Selby and Lisa Kelly will read some of their favourite poems from the anthology and also some of their own recent poems.

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

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