Anne-Marie Fyfe, poet, creative-writing teacher, arts-organiser & former Chair of the Poetry Society, (2006-2009), was born in Cushendall in the Glens of Antrim and now lives in West London. Anne-Marie founded Coffee-House Poetry at the Troubadour, 16 years ago, to stage quality readings, talks and launches, featuring new & established poets, local, regional & international, in London’s famously bohemian Earls Court folk-poetry-&-jazz cellar-club. An early haunt of Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Paul Simon, Jimi Hendrix, Chris Barber and the Dubliners, the Troubadour has long been a meeting-place for writers, artists, actors and performers.
The Coffee-House Poetry reading series now has regular sell-out Monday night audiences, making it London’s liveliest, best-loved & longest-running literary venue.
Anne-Marie Fyfe has:
- published four volumes of poetry, including Understudies: New and Selected Poems (Seren Books, 2010);
- won the Academi Cardiff International Poetry Competition with her poem Curaçao Dusk;
- been Aldeburgh’s Poetry Trust Writer-in-Residence;
- established Coffee-House Poetry at the Troubadour in 1997 and organised and hosted regular fortnightly Monday readings and weekend workshops and seminars since;
- chaired the national Poetry Society from 2006 to 2009;
- co-organised the John Hewitt Spring Festival in the Glens of Antrim since 2003 and organised readings and creative-writing classes at the John Hewitt International Summer School since 1996;
- run poetry classes, readings and workshops;
- organised and hosted poetry events and festivals, and has talked on poets, poetry & the poetry world on TV & radio;
- interviewed a wide range of well known poets and figures from the world of literature.