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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.

Torriano in cyberspace

On Sunday 27 September 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 20 September 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

 

A Journey Together: presented by The New Factory of the Eccentric Actor

‘A Journey Together’ features Vladimir Illyich Ulyanov and Nadezhda Konstantinova Krupska talking about their lives together on their journey towards the Russian revolution.

This socially distanced show is presented by The New Factory of the Eccentric Actor, and entry is free.

At 50 minutes long, the show will be repeated continuously from 1pm to 6pm on Saturday September 19th, and again on Sunday September 20th from 1pm to 6pm.

 
To comply with government guidelines only 3 audience members will be allowed into the venue at any one time.
It is not possible to book tickets for the event, entry will be on first come first served basis, and a queuing system will be in place.
 
All audience members are required to wear masks, and we ask that no-one stays for more than one hour.
 
Please note that there will be no toilet facilities available at the venue.

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Bijou Torriano Event

Torriano Meeting House is holding its first live poetry evening on Sunday 13th September. The Torriano has continued with its poetry evenings via Zoom since Lockdown, but live events have been missed. The first guest reader since March to share his poetry to a select and bijou audience is Barney Ashton-Bullock. (Biography below). Tentative Tender Tendrils from the Torriano will be for an audience of five with new COVID rules. The reading will start at 7.30 and the audience members will remain seated and wearing masks. There will be Readers from the Chair sharing their own poems.
Anyone who would like to find out more information to see if there is a ticket available should email lisakellyuk[at]yahoo[dot]com
Barney Ashton-Bullock, is the poet/librettist in the ‘Andy Bell is Torsten’ music-theatre collective and he narrates his own verse on the Downes Braide Association albums. He is the founder of Soho Poetry Nights. He has poetry published, or pending publication, in a wide range of cult poetry journals**, in the ‘Avalanches In Poetry’ tribute anthology to Leonard Cohen, in the Dreich pamphlet ‘Famous’, in the Pilot Press ‘Queer Anthology Of Healing’ and in the ‘Soho Nights’ anthologies published by The Society Club Press who also published his first collection ‘Schema/Stasis’ in 2017. His latest poetry pamphlet ‘Café Kaput!’ was published by Broken Sleep Books in 2020.
(**the Wellington Street Review, the New River Press Yearbook, SPAMzine, Re-Side Magazine, –
algia Press, Scab Mag, Pink Plastic House Journal, Lucky Pierre Zine, Poetry Bus, Neuro Logical Magazine and the Babel Tower Notice Board)

Torriano in cyberspace

On Sunday 13 September 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

Tentative Tender Tendrils from Torriano

Lisa Kelly

I am waiting for a delivery from Plamen, my driver. A text has informed me he will be arriving between 13:00 – 14:00. Many of us have been waiting for deliveries in the past months – food, clothes, whatever, as we lockdown and hunker down, but this delivery is part of a strategy to reverse that trend. It is a delivery of bleach and paper towels. And the aim is to bring live poetry back – not necessarily to the masses, but back. In fact, Zoom has been responsible for bringing poetry to the masses, or at least having the potential to. It has opened  up poetry in ways we did not think possible pre-COVID. It was a platform I used to connect with technology companies if I had a journalism commission. I did not associate it with poetry, but now of course we are all Zooming to a lesser or greater degree. It has been a fantastic resource and has connected poets and audiences outside our normal parochial boundaries with its ability to reach anyone connected online anywhere in the world. However, and for me it is a big HOWEVER, I miss live poetry events. The Torriano Meeting House is my spiritual poetry home if I can err on the side of whimsical and I have been going many a Sunday evening for over a decade. Often the audiences are small. It doesn’t matter. And often the small audiences are no reflection on the quality or indeed fame of the guest poet. I have been to readings by well-known poetry names and counted the audience on the fingers of one hand. The trick is with the Torriano to invite people to come along. If you think your name is starry enough to attract Glastonbury crowds you will be severely disappointed. Often, a poet reading for the first time will fill the house because it is a major event for them, and they will invite all their family and friends. Anyway, I digress, but audience size is something I want to come back Continue reading

Poetry in cyberspace

On Sunday 6 September 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

Poetry in cyberspace

On Sunday 30 August 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

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