Torriano Meeting House

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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
 

We are making preparations for safely coming together again.
Autumn brings stirrings of new growth in a topsy turvey world. 
Our capacity audience is 8 people. Please bring a mask to events.

If you would like to make a financial contribution, donate here:



Torriano in cyberspace

On Sunday 22 November at 7.30 Dan Kennedy, the fierce head poet, will again be hosting Torriano Poetry in cyberspace. Join us there:
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3940991487?pwd=VXN0djNHU0F5M2pDK0dscXdRTkJwZz09
Meeting ID: 394 099 1487
Passcode: 8dFNdW


Torriano in cyberspace

On Sunday 15 November at 7.30 Dan Kennedy, the fierce head poet, will again be hosting Torriano Poetry in cyberspace. Join us there:
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3940991487?pwd=VXN0djNHU0F5M2pDK0dscXdRTkJwZz09
Meeting ID: 394 099 1487
Passcode: 8dFNdW

Torriano in cyberspace

On Sunday 8 November at 7.30 Dan Kennedy, the fierce head poet, will again be hosting Torriano Poetry in cyberspace. Join us there:Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3940991487?pwd=VXN0djNHU0F5M2pDK0dscXdRTkJwZz09
Meeting ID: 394 099 1487
Passcode: 8dFNdW

Torriano in cyberspace

On Sunday 1 November at 7.30 Dan Kennedy, the fierce head poet, will again be hosting Torriano Poetry in cyberspace. Join us there:

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3940991487?pwd=VXN0djNHU0F5M2pDK0dscXdRTkJwZz09

Meeting ID: 394 099 1487
Passcode: 8dFNdW

Torriano in cyberspace

On Sunday 25 October at 7.30 Dan Kennedy, the fierce head poet, will again be hosting Torriano Poetry in cyberspace. Join us there:

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3940991487?pwd=VXN0djNHU0F5M2pDK0dscXdRTkJwZz09

Meeting ID: 394 099 1487
Passcode: 8dFNdW

Torriano in cyberspace

On Sunday 17 October at 7.30 Dan Kennedy, the fierce head poet, will again be hosting Torriano Poetry in cyberspace. Join us there:

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3940991487?pwd=VXN0djNHU0F5M2pDK0dscXdRTkJwZz09

Meeting ID: 394 099 1487
Passcode: 8dFNdW

Bijou Torriano

Bijou Torriano is back with Pauline Sewards reading from her new collection Spirograph on 1 November at 7pm. We can only allow four audience members, but as Readers from the Chair, you are welcome to bring a few poems to share. Door money (£5 according to pocket) in COVID-strapped times goes to the poet. Please also consider buying their book. If you would like a space, email host, Lisa Kelly: lisakellyuk@yahoo(dot)com.

Pauline Sewards is a Bristol based poet and one of the founders of the regular event in Easton called ‘Satellite of Love’. Her first collection This is the Band was published by Hearing Eye in 2018. In 2019 she co-edited Magma74 – The Work Edition. Her second poetry collection Spirograph was published by Burning Eye Books in September 2020. You can get a copy here.

Torriano in cyberspace

On Sunday 11 October at 7.30 Dan Kennedy, the fierce head poet, will again be hosting Torriano Poetry in cyberspace. Join us there:

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3940991487?pwd=VXN0djNHU0F5M2pDK0dscXdRTkJwZz09

Meeting ID: 394 099 1487
Passcode: 8dFNdW

 

Covid

Torriano Meeting House has been closed for the summer and meetings of the Torriano Working Group and Poetry in Cyberspace have been online, Unity folk club has been having picnics in the park. For many the virtual meetings have been a life line and a continuity. But how to be a Meeting House in a Pandemic and keep our community safe, well, creative and connected?
Following the guidelines make Torriano Meeting House COVID19 compliant and we hope virus free.

Currently performance capacity is no more than 8 people attending (including performers).
Social gatherings no more than 6 people.
We ask visitors to observe social distancing of 2m and wear face coverings.
We are providing hand sanitiser.
There is a Covid track and trace book for recording names and contact numbers of all visitors. We can delete this record after 21 days. There is also a qr code That can be used.
User groups are asked to clean all communally used surfaces and take away all their rubbish and recycling.
The kitchen is closed.

Bijou Torriano

Joe Carrick-Varty is the invited guest poet at the continuing Bijou Torriano events this Sunday 27th September at 7.30 hosted by Lisa Kelly. Readers from the Chair invited to share a few poems. Limited spaces as maximum of six with social distancing plus please bring your own drink and of course wear a mask. Suggested donation of £5 plus to the poet. If you are interested in attending please email lisakellyuk@yahoo(dot)com to confirm there is a place.

Joe Carrick-Varty is a British-born Irish writer who lives in London. He is the author of two pamphlets, Somewhere Far (The Poetry Business, 2019) which won the 2018 New Poets Prize, and 54 Questions for the Man Who Sold a Shotgun to My Father (Out-Spoken Press, 2020). His poems have appeared in the New Statesman, The Poetry Review, Poetry Ireland Review, Magma, and elsewhere. He is co-founder of bath magg, and a book reviewer for PN Review.

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