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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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Teas, women, art, poetry to start 2022

Torriano Poetry readings 2022

We will be beginning in-person readings at Torriano Meeting House on Sundays 7.30 

March 6th – John Greening and Stuart Henson reading from their collaboration, ‘a Post Card to’ (Red Squirrel Press)

March 20th – Serge Neptune and Richard Scott

Please pay in cash on the door £6 or £5 according to pocket

 Torriano Poetry in Cyberspace

At 6.30pm every Sunday Joan Michelson and Dan Kennedy will be hosting Torriano Poetry in cyberspace. Come at 6.15pm for pre-reading socialising.
Through the pandemic this gathering has held together a community that was scattered across the earth.
There is no guest reader. The live session at Torriano is not broadcast here. Bring poems to read or just listen. Join us there, all welcome. All welcome to read or listen. Free.

Join Zoom Meeting
 Meeting ID: 394 099 1487
 Passcode: 8dFNdWq

Torriano Teas

Every Wednesday from 23 February, 3 — 5pm. A social drop in hosted by Penny Dimond and Dan Kennedy where you will find poetry, conversation, songs, art and tea.

International Women’s Day

CANCELLED DUE TO ILLNESS Sunday 6th March. 3pm. The New Factory of the Eccentric Actor presents a celebration.

Unity Folk Club

Monday 28 February. Doors open 7.30 for 7.45 start. £4
helping to keep left wing folk singing alive. NOW BOOKED OUT.


Currently: Agnes Hay

QUEUE exhibition – Ágnes Háy sketches, Steve Moyes composition – in the Torriano Meeting House. 

From Saturday 2 April: Saad Mushatat

La by Saad Mushatat
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Brightening days

Many thanks to the anonymous donor who gave a £250 Christmas present to Torriano Meeting House. The Torriano Working Group is very happily seeking out electricians to put in new lighting

Many thanks to Emiko Hashimoto, partner of Nick Blair who was a fine poet and friend of Torriano Meeting House. We were very touched to receive Nick’s bequest of £3,000 on the winter solstice. Hearing Eye published Nick’s ‘Witness Statement’ in 2009 which can be seen here.

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Torriano Poetry Competition 2014 winners

Layout 1Thank you all for your support. There were nearly 800 entries to the competition this year. A special thank you to our  judge, Angela Kirby and to June English and Patricia Griffin for all their hard work in the competition organisation and administration. A cheque for £1,100 was presented to Torriano Meeting House by the Torriano Support Fund.

A pamphlet of the winning poems will be produced  later this year.



1st Prize

‘Daxon Frazer’ Joan Michelson

2nd Prize

‘Two Mill Girls’ Callum Coles

 Joint 3rd

‘Norman’ Christopher North

‘Glass Saint’ Kaye Lee

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See this lovely piece on reading poetry at Torriano from Josephine Corcoran’s blog

March 3, 2014 ·

I had to write a follow-up to my previous post after having a brilliant time yesterday evening at The Torriano Meeting House, Kentish Town, London NW5. Lisa Kelly the incredibly friendly and kind organiser of poetry readings (or at least one of the organisers, I’m not quite sure who organises what and who’s in charge which makes everything all the more relaxed and inviting) got in touch and invited me to read about six months ago after she’d read a poem I wrote about Stephen Lawrence, published in The Morning Star. So the date’s been in my diary for a long time but I’ve been so busy recently, what with my newish part-time job, running And Other Poems (my poetry blog) and being Mum to two young teenagers, that I hadn’t properly thought about what I was going to read or practised much at all. It helped that I read two poems at an Open-Mic last Thursday, at Words & Ears in Bradford-on-Avon, so this was a little bit of preparation.
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