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A Feast for Spring

Come eat and drink

(Picture of St Bride by John Duncan Creative Commons CC by NC)

We last had a St Bride’s feast in 2020, so long ago, so much has happened. Her spirit presided…

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Poetry starts again

22 January 7.30pm: In the Company of Poets.

Dan Kennedy hosts an evening of poets from the floor, come to read or listen. £6/£5 according to pocket

29 January 7.30pm: Jacqueline Saphra and Sue Johns

Poets from the floor welcome. £6/£5 according to pocket

Jacqueline Saphra is a poet, playwright and activist. Her second collection, All My Mad Mothers was shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize and her most recent one is One Hundred Lockdown Sonnets (both from Nine Arches Press). Her next collection, Velvel’s Violin will be out from Nine Arches Press in July 2023. She is a founder member of Poets for the Planet and teaches for The Poetry School.

Sue Johns originates from Cornwall where she started performing as a punk poet, in the 1980’s. She has published 3 pamphlets and 2 full collections, the most recent Hush (Morgan’s Eye Press 2011) , Rented, Poems on Prostitution and Dependency (Palewell Press, 2018) and a new pamphlet Track Record (Dempsey & Windle, 2021). Sue has also written and performed theatrical monologues and worked on numerous art/poetry collaborations

Torriano Teas

Starting again on 11 January, every Wednesday tea, poetry, conversation, singing, conviviality hosted by Agnes Hay, Dan Kennedy, Penny Dimond

Torriano Poetry

December 18th Anthony Howell and Naomi Foyle

7.30pm; £6/5 cash, according to pocket. Poets from the floor welcome.


Anthony Howell was born in 1945.  After an early spell dancing with the Royal Ballet, he decided to concentrate on poetry and performance art.  In 1973 he was invited to the International Writing Program in Iowa and in 1974 he founded The Theatre of Mistakes, a performance company which made notable appearances at the Cambridge Poetry Festival, The Paris Biennale and the Hayward Gallery as well as in New York.  He has published six previous books of poetry and a novel and received major bursaries from the Arts Councils of England and Wales.  In 1997 he was short-listed for a Paul Hamlyn Award. His book The Analysis of Performance Art: a guide to its theory and practice 
is a key text in the field of performance art.

Naomi Foyle is the author of ten poetry pamphlets and three full collections: The Night Pavilion, a 2008 Poetry Society Recommendation and The World Cup (2010) both from Waterloo Press; and the transatlantic publication Adamantine (Red Hen/Pighog Press, 2019).  Her tenth pamphlet, Importents, was published by Waterloo Press in 2021. Her poetry readings include appearances at The Cuisle Festival in Limerick, Tacheles Art House in Berlin and the Babylon Festival for International Cultures and Arts in Babil, Iraq. Originally trained in theatre, she has collaborated with artists, musicians and filmmakers on projects including the prize-winning videopoem Good Definition (2004) and several spoken word CDs.  Librettist of the award-winning bouffon opera Hush (Theatre Passe Muraille, Toronto 1990), she has also written a short verse drama, ‘The Strange Wife’, produced by the Bush Theatre in 2011 as part of 66 Books: 21st C Writers Speak to the King James Bible.

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ONLINE:
Every Sunday at 6.30pm Joan Michelson is hosting an online Poetry in Cyberspace. All welcome to read or listen. Free.
Bring poems to read or just listen. Join us there:
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3940991487?pwd=VXN0djNHU0F5M2pDK0dscXdRTkJwZz09
Meeting ID: 394 099 1487
Passcode: 8dFNdWq

Poetry extra!


Saturday 10th December 1:30pm. Poetry readings by Sarah Mnatzaganian, Joanna Nissel, Luciana Francis, and Joolz Sparkes. Tickets £0-5 on the door.

Torriano Poetry

Sunday 3 December, 7.30pm. £6/£5 cash. Readers from the floor welcome.

Guest poets: Wendy Young and Heather Moulson introduced by Pauline Sewards 


Wendy Young writes observational, humorous, caring, down to earth, simple, twisted, dark and nutty poetry. She presents the weekly FreeOClockshow each Friday on community radio station K2K featuring poets, poetry and music.

Heather Moulson co-founded Poetry Performance in Teddington in 2017 and has been writing poetry ever since.  She has performed extensively in London, particularly Celine’s Salon and Soho Poets.  Her debut pamphlet Bunty, I Miss You was published in 2019. Heather won the Brian Dempsey Memorial Award in 2020. Heather also writes reviews and runs a website www.heathermoulsonpoet.com, and obsessively sketches her black cat.

Kate Noakes

FEKS cancelled due to ill health

Performance of Where are the acrobats? or ‘Marriage’ not according to Gogol a celebration of the centenary of FEKS by The New Factory of the Eccentric Actor on Saturday 3 December has been postponed

Torriano Poetry & Torriano Teas

Torriano Poetry: Sunday November 27th 7.30pm

Guest poets: Claire Collison and Pete Godfrey introduced by Fiona Moore.
poets from the floor welcome. £6/£5 cash.


Torriano Teas

SUSPENDED UNTIL JANUARY – the hosts are away

Torriano Poetry

Sunday 20 November, 7.30pm. £6/£5 cash. Poets from the floor welcome.

Guest poet: Anne Rouse reading from her new book, Ox Eye, published by Bloodaxe.

Anne Rouse’s fifth collection, Ox-Eye, was published by Bloodaxe in 2022, appearing 14 years after her previous book, her retrospective The Upshot: New and Selected Poems. That book included the new poems of The Divided (2008), along with selections from her first three critically acclaimed earlier collections, Sunset Grill (1993) and Timing(1997) – both Poetry Book Society Recommendations – and The School of Night (2004), and was a Times Literary Supplement Book of the Year in 2008. Born in Washington DC and raised in Virginia, she became a UK citizen, settling in East Sussex after many years in London. A former health worker, she has been a Hawthornden Fellow, and a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the University of Glasgow (2000-02), Queen’s University, Belfast (2004-05), and the Courtauld Institute, London (2008). Her short plays have been given rehearsed readings in Edinburgh and Hastings in the UK and in Virginia in the US. You can find her on Twitter @rouseanne.

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