Sundays; 7.30pm; £5/4 according to pocket

There have been poetry readings on Sunday nights at Torriano Meeting House

John Heath-Stubbs reciting at Torriano

John Heath-Stubbs reciting at Torriano

since 1982. As well as the evening’s main readers invited from a broad range of literary practice, there are usually a number of  ‘poets from the floor’, who may include full-time poets and also beginners presenting a piece in public for the first time. The range has spanned Stephen Spender and John Heath-Stubbs to Labi Siffre and John Hegley.

A Sunday reading in the late 1980s

A Sunday reading in the late 1980s

The publishers Hearing Eye was born from the Sunday readings and has its base at Torriano.

Sundays at 7.30pm.

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



5th – Dinah Livingstone A Homage to Europe: translations of European poets. Poets from the floor invited to bring their own translations.
12th Derrick Porter, Sonia Jarema and Jenny Mitchell
19th Alice Willitts and Cheryl Moskowitz, hosted by Magma chair Lisa Kelly
26th Live Canon readings
Extra Fri 31. 7­­–10pm Poetry to accompany Saad Mushatat paintings exhibition


2nd – Angela Kirby and Anne Drysdale
9th – Belinda Singleton, Kathryn Southworth and Richard Williams, introduced by Dempsey and Windle.
16th – Paul Birtill and Tim Wells
EXTRA Tues 18, 7pm Kate Noakes and friends –  charity poetry reading in aid of Asthma Research with Jill Abrams, Cath Drake, Kate Potts, Gail Burns, Peter Daniels and special guest from Paris, Margo Berdeshevsky.
23rd – Paul McLoughlin, John Forth, Danielle Hope and others
30th – Hylda Sims and Dominic Fisher. Music from Simon Prager.


7th – Lisa Kelly launches her first collection, A Map Towards Fluency
EXTRA Fri 12, 7pm Dinah Livingstone Embodiment book launch
14th – A Camerade Event: New Collaborations In Pairs Between Poets including: Russell Bennetts & Calliope Michail, Astra Papachristodoulos, Maria Sledmere, Han Smith, Kirsten Irving, Ryan Ormonde,  SJ Fowler & Harry Man, Molly Bergin, Jennah Fletcher, Joe Turrent with many more to be announced. introduced by SJ Fowler
21st – Roy Lockett and others (tbc)
28th – From Bromley to Burma – Isabel Bermudez, Jean Ellis, Ruth Smith and Anne Stewart – introduced by Anne Stewart



2 thoughts on “Poetry

  1. Leah Fritz says:

    Please note that on 19 March the following poets will be reading at the Torriano Meeting House:

    Jane Duran, Leah Fritz, Nancy Mattson and Frances White.


  2. […] March, 7.30: Torriano Meeting House, 99 Torriano Avenue, Kentish Town, NW5 […]


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