Coffee-House Poetry at the Troubadour

Robert will be reading in a showcase ensemble “Across Oceans” with Paul Deaton, Lynne Hjelmgaard, Joshua Weiner, D. Nurkse, Claire Williamson, Geraldine Paine at the iconic Troubadour Cafe in Earls Court. Arrive early for seating.

D. Nurkse lives in New York, has worked as street musician, construction worker & harpsichord builder, & has published 10 poetry collections including A Night in Brooklyn (Knopf, 2012). Lecturer & former actress Geraldine Paine lives in Kent, is a founder member of poetry group Scatterlings & has two Lapwing pamphlets, latest, The Beginnings of Trees (2013). Former art-teacher & sailor, Lynne Hjelmgaard (b. NYC), moved to Denmark in 1971 & now lives in London & Copenhagen: latest from Seren, A Boat Called Annalise (2016). Bristol-based art-consultant & runner, Paul Deaton has had poems in The Spectator, PN Review, London Magazine & The Dark Horse: his debut poetry pamphlet Black Knight has just been published by Eyewear. Claire Williamson has written libretti for Welsh National Opera & Bristol Plays Music: latest poetry publication Split Ends (Eyewear, 2016). Boston-born Joshua Weiner grew up in New Jersey, studied at Northwestern & Berkeley, & edited At the Barriers: On the Poetry of Thom Gunn: his latest poetry collection is The Figure of a Man Being Swallowed by a Fish (Univ. Chicago, 2013). Plus guitarist and singer Henry Fajemirokun.


Two Poetry Readings in London in May

After a long thaw, I am looking forward to two poetry readings in London in the month of May.

First, I am returning to the Troubadour Cafe in Earls court for “Across Oceans“, a trans-Atlantic evening of poetry hosted by Anne-Marie Fyfe on Monday, May 9th at 8pm.

Next, I will find my way to the basement of the Poetry Café in Soho for a Shuffle evening dubbed “A Bottle of Sparkling Pop” (after Kenneth Koch) hosted by Hilda Sheehan. That’s on Saturday, May 28th at 7.30 pm.

Both promise really interesting lineups, including Joshua Weiner at the Troubadour and Emily Harrison at the Poetry Café. Do come out and join us if you can.

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Reading from The Silence Teacher at The Troubadour

“In the dangling conversation / and the superficial sighs / are the borders of our lives.”

-Simon and Garfunkel, “Dangling Conversation”

Robert Peake on stageI just got back from a memorable evening at the Troubadour Cafe in Earls Court. It was my first time reading poems from The Silence Teacher since it came out earlier this year.

Even my persistent cold could not keep me away tonight (though it made one audience member think I was Scottish). The audience was receptive as ever, and I sold out of books.

It was a pleasure to read alongside the robust Hannah Lowe, tender Fiona Moore, hilarious Hilda Sheehan, polished Alison Brackenbury, thoughtful Matt Bryden, reflective Angela France, and inquisitive Kate White. Plus, we had a special appearance by Australian poet Michelle Cahill, and Henry Fajemirokun performed one of my favourite Simon and Garfunkel songs.

Heartfelt thanks to Anne-Marie Fyfe and her team for wonderful evening.