Monday, April 28, 2008

Escarmouches: poets read & debate at London's Troubadour Coffee-House

escarmouches-the coffee-house colloquies

Monday 28th April, 2008
At the Troubadour, Old Brompton Road, London

"escarmouches - the coffee-house colloquies with Fiona Sampson, David Morley, Naomi Jaffa & Alan Brownjohn"

A mild skirmish in a very civil war as Coffee-House Poetry re-invokes the coffee-house traditions of radical dissent, intellectual disquistion & scurrilous writerly gossip to ask a group of poets, editors, activists to read from their own & others' contemporary poems & sit around a table to debate age-old questions from, How's the poetry going? to Where's the poetry gone?

Our poetry panel: Fiona Sampson (Common Prayer, Carcanet) founded Orient Express & edits Poetry Society's flagship journal, Poetry Review; David Morley (The Invisible Kings, Carcanet) is Professor of Creative Writing at Warwick and-among 17 books-co-edited seminal 1990s anthology, The New Poetry; Naomi Jaffa (Last Hour of Sleep, Five Leaves) is Director of The Poetry Trust which runs (among other things) the prestigious Aldeburgh Poetry Festival; and former New Statesman poetry editor & Poetry Society Chair (1982-1988), Alan Brownjohn (Collected Poems, Enitharmon).

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