From Martha’s Vineyard to Swansea with Anne-Marie Fyfe

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London-based poet Anne-Marie Fyfe, organiser of the Coffee-House Poetry and Open Mic at the Troubadour on Old Brompton Road and former Chair of the UK’s Poetry Society is off on her travels once again.  Throughout 2018 she is touring her Edge of the Depths themed creative writing workshops and a readings/talk/music event The Voyage Out around Britain, Ireland and the eastern USA and Canada.    Fyfe has strong links with the USA where she visits regularly, and in 2014 we reported on the evening of Stateside poets she hosted at the Troubadour, involving the likes of Robert Peake, Daphne Warburg Astor and Philip Fried. 

A series of writing and teaching residencies in places such as the Aran Islands, County Mayo, Carmel in California and St. Ives in Cornwall have led to Anne-Marie's current project (funded by Arts Council England and due for publication in 2019) of writing a new book which will combine prose, poetry, memoir and travel-writing.   As part of her writing journey she will visit, explore and bring a themed creative-writing workshop and linked performance to writers' groups, libraries, festivals, museums and arts centres in coastal locations on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.

In her Edge of the Depths: Creative-Writing Workshop Anne-Marie Fyfe offers sources of inspiration, task and talk-lead exercises that can help you “discover the creative power of raging seas, of Force-nines and undercurrents, of tidal pull, hidden depths, unknown treasures and uncertain homecomings; of the sense (literal, metaphorical, emotional...) of stepping off terra firma into the unknown, the elemental, the unfathomable. Not just writing poetry, fiction, and memoir about seaside days and safe harbours, but the real oceanic deal, the seven seas that cover two-thirds of our world’s surface.”  Workshop Writers also have the opportunity of reading as part of Anne-Marie's performance, The Voyage Out: Poetry, Prose, Music and Memoir where she presents readings, talk and music on writers and the sea, from great novelists, travel-writers & poets of the past, with sea-music provided by Cahal Dallat.  Sound good?  Check it all out at

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