Coffee-House Poetry at the Troubadour

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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.

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Two Poetry Readings in London in May

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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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A Swirl of Activity

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10625105_10152448722408981_7255422506237288730_nIt has been a swirl of activity lately, epitomised by the sound of my Australian nephew downstairs dramatising epic Hero Factory battles. Mine have been of the more literary sort, though at times it has felt like a limb might snap off.

Straight back from the Swindon Festival of Poetry, I had the privilege of reading with several outstanding American poets at the Troubadour on Monday night. Particularly meaningful for me was the opportunity to meet Tim Nolan, whose prize-winning poem I read in his stead at the Troubadour Prize reading earlier this year. Greg Freeman of Write Out Loud wrote up an excellent summary of the evening’s adventures.

In case you weren’t in Swindon last Sunday at 5pm, with your radio dial tuned to 105.5 FM, you can also catch the spirit of the Swindon Festival of Poetry in the archive of the Rhythmn and Rhyme radio programme dedicated to this event.

The delightful and enthusiastic Sam Loveless sequestered me in a corner of Lower Shaw Farm just after my reading, and we quickly got down to business — talking about the impact of deeply personal writing on loved ones, how to decide what to publish and what to discard in therapeutic writing, and about how the “petri dishes” of British and American poetry interrelate (I switched metaphors to call it “pollination”, but of course what I should have said is that we happily infect each other!).

I also spoke a bit about the impetus behind my forthcoming poetry collection, The Knowledge. The complete interview with Sam is available here:

<a href="https://soundcloud.com/peakepoetics/robert-peake-swindon-interview">Click here to listen to the interview</a>

Speaking of the book, it is starting to feel like a reality as we are lining up readings for next year in the US and UK, and even have a cover design, which you can see below.

Swirl on!

The Knowledge by Robert Peake

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Stateside Troubadours

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Featuring Philip Fried, Margo Stever, Tim Nolan, Susana Case, Jennifer Millitello, Owen Lewis, Daphne Warburg Astor, and Robert Peake.

In celebration of the Troubadour’s American links over the past 60 years, we present an evening of US poets…

  • Manhattan Review editor Philip Fried, is based in New York; Early/Late: New & Selected Poems from Salmon (2011) draws on his first 4 collections of poetry; his latest Salmon collection is Interrogating Water (2013)
  • Margo Taft Stever founded Hudson Valley Writers’ Center & Slapering Hol Press; her award-winning first collection wasFrozen Spring & her latest is The Hudson Line (Main Street Rag, 2012)
  • Tim Nolan’s 2013 Troubadour Poetry Prize poem is shortlisted for the Forward Best Single Poem Prize; Tim is a lawyer, lives in Minneapolis, & has published two collections including And Then (New Rivers, 2012)
  • Poet & sociologist Susana Case is a professor at NY Institute of Technology: her collections range from The Scottish Café (2002) to 4 Rms w Vu (Mayapple Press, 2014)
  • Robert Peake is a British-American poet living near London, he created the Transatlantic Poetry on Air reading series; 1st-collection The Knowledge due from Nine Arches Press, 2015
  • Jennifer Millitello lives in Goffstown NH, & has taught at Brown Univ. & Rhode Island School of Design in Providence RI; finalist in the Alice Fay di Castagnola Award, her first collection is Body Thesaurus (Tupelo, 2013)
  • Artist & Faber-Academy poet Daphne Warburg Astor was part of the C4RD online residency & collaborated with Jason Hicklin on From Co. Donegal to the Inner Hebrides: Drawings & Etchings (2009)
  • Psychiatrist & professor at Columbia Univ., Owen Lewis has published extensively in professional journals; his first poetry chapbook was March in San Miguel (Finishing Line, 2012) & first collection is Sometimes Full of Daylight (Dos Madres, 2013)
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