About Anne-Marie Fyfe

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.

(click here to read Some thoughts on Seamus Heaney from last September, click here to read Charlotte Rowland’s paper from British & Irish Contemporary Poetry Conference. University of Manchester)

front cover of Understudies

Forthcoming readings/events…

Anne-Marie Fyfe has…

  • published four poetry collections, including Understudies: New and Selected Poems (Seren Books, 2010) with a fifth collection, No Second Acts, due from Seren in 2015;
  • 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.

Reviews etc…

Current projects…

  • 2012-2014: editing an anthology of hotel/motel poems by contemporary poets to be published by Coffee-House Poetry, in conjunction with workshops on the theme at the Troubadour and around the country…

Recent readings/events…

  • Wed 18 Jun, 7.30 for 8 pm: Bedford Park Festival Poetry Evening with special guest Louis De Bernières, plus poems, music, refreshments, hosted by local poets Anne-Marie Fyfe & C.L. Dallat at St. Michael & All Angels Hall, opp. Turnham Green tube station, Bath Road, London W4 1TX
  • Sun 8 Jun, 12-3.30 pm, Stop All The Clocks: themed writing workshop for Coffee-House Poetry at the Troubadour, Earls Court, London
  • Fri 16—Sat 17 May, Twelfth John Hewitt Spring Festival with Joanne Harris Robert Crawford, Joyce McMillan, John Glenday, Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch, Paula Cunningham, Anne-Marie Fyfe & C.L. Dallat at Londonderry Arms Hotel, Carnlough Harbour on the Antrim Coast Road
  • Wed 14 May, Talk at Goldsmiths College, New Cross (closed event)
  • Wed 23 Apr, 6 pm, Perfect Sense, poetry reading featuring Kathy Ossip, B.K. Fischer & Anne-Marie Fyfe, hosted by Alissa Heyman at Cornelia Street Cafe 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, New York NY 10014
  • Sat 12 Apr, Westchester Poetry Festival with readings by C.L. Dallat, Ann Lauterbach, Dorothea Lasky, Kevin Varrone, Margo Stever & Cornelius Eady (festival sponsored by The Masters School & The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center) at Estherwood Mansion, The Masters School, 49 Clinton Ave, Dobbs Ferry NY 10522
  • Wed 9 Apr, Poetry Reading by C.L. Dallat & Anne-Marie Fyfe at An Béal Bocht Café, 445 W 238th St, Bronx, New York NY 10463
  • Sun 6 Apr, 4-6 pm, Phoenix Reading Series, Mike Graves, Carol Stone, Anne-Marie Fyfe, C.L. Dallat at The Upright Brew, 547 Hudson St New York NY 10014
  • Sat 5 Apr, Taste of the Yeats Summer School featuring Geraldine Higgins, Maria Murphy, Anne-Marie Fyfe, C.L. Dallat & Spiral Theatre’s production of Gonne/Yeats at Glucksman Ireland House, NYU, One Washington Mews, New York NY 10003
  • Tue 1 Apr, 7 pm, Irish Literary Festival with Anne-Marie Fyfe & C.L. Dallat at Rieth Recital Hall, Goshen College, Goshen, Indiana 46526
  • Mon 31 Mar, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio 45701
  • Wed 26 Mar, 7pm Echoes Across the Pond: Voices, Irish & American with Anne-Marie Fyfe, C.L. Dallat, Tim Nolan, Patricia Kirkpatrick & Joyce Sutphen at The Loft Literary Center 1011 Washington Ave Sth, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55415
  • Tue 25 Mar, Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minnesota 56082
  • Thu 20 Mar, Chiswick & Bedford Park School (closed event) * Sat 8 Mar, Creative-writing workshop with Anne-Marie Fyfe for Camden Poets (closed event)
  • Sun 16 Feb, 12-3.30 pm, Relative Values: themed writing workshop for Coffee-House Poetry at the Troubadour, Earls Court, London
  • Sat 1 Feb 2014, 7.30 pm, Poetry Reading for Enfield Poets, Enfield
  • Mon 20 Jan—Mon 17 Mar, Spring 2014 programme of readings (alternate Mondays) & workshops (Sunday afternoons) at Coffee-House Poetry at the Troubadour, Earls Court, London

2013

2012

  • Sun 16 Dec, 12-3.30 pm, Self-Portrait with a Pen: themed writing workshop for Coffee-House Poetry at the Troubadour, Earls Court, London
  • Fri 14 Dec Poetry Reading at Star Anise Arts Café, Five Valleys Foyer, Gloucester Street, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 1QG.
  • Thu 29 Nov Reading & Workshop at North London Collegiate School, Edgware, Middlesex (closed event)
  • Tue 27 Nov Poetry Reading at CB1, Cambridge
  • Sun 18 Nov & Sun 2 Dec, 12-3.30 pm, The Art of Losing: themed writing workshop for Coffee-House Poetry at the Troubadour, Earls Court, London
  • Mon 22 Oct—Mon 17 Dec Autumn 2012 programme of readings & workshops at Coffee-House Poetry at the Troubadour, Earls Court, London
  • Mon 8 Oct, 9 pm: Spoken Word Paris, reading with C.L. Dallat, at Au Chat Noir, 76 rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud Paris 75011, Métro Parmentier/Couronnes
  • Sun 30 Sep—Fri 5 Oct A Poet’s Vineyard, residential poetry-workshop week with Anne-Marie Fyfe at Chateau Ventenac, Languedoc
  • Wed 26 Sep Poetry Workshops at Wallace Collection, London (closed event)
  • Mon 23—Fri 27 Jul, Twenty-Fifth Annual John Hewitt International Summer School, at Marketplace Theatre, Armagh City
    Interview with Frieda Hughes on Tue 24th… as part of a full five-day festival programme of creativity and culture with Roger McGough, Frieda Hughes, John Banville, Gillian Clarke, John McCarthy, Leanne O’Sullivan, Nessa O’Mahony, Mary Robinson, John F Deane, Adam O’Riordan, Stephen Rea, Thomas McCarthy, Belinda McKeon, Bernard McLaverty, Catherine Phil McCarthy, Carlo Gebler & many more
  • Sun 1 Jul, 12—3.30 pm, Late Collection — themed creative-writing workshop with Anne-Marie Fyfe for Coffee-House Poetry at the Troubadour, Earls Court
  • Thu 28 Jun, Poetry Reading at Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea
  • Wed 20 Jun, 7.30 for 8 pm, Bedford Park Festival, Chiswick
    Poetry Evening — with Andrew Motion, guest readers, music, refreshments, hosted by local poets Anne-Marie Fyfe & C.L. Dallat at St. Michael & All Angels Hall, opp. Turnham Green tube station, Bath Road, London W4 1TX Book through Bedford Park Festival
  • Sun 3 Jun, 12—3.30 pm, The Overcoat — themed creative-writing workshop with Anne-Marie Fyfe for Coffee-House Poetry at the Troubadour, Earls Court
  • Sun 13 May, 12—3.30 pm, Rear Window — themed creative-writing workshop with Anne-Marie Fyfe for Coffee-House Poetry at the Troubadour, Earls Court
  • Wed 9 May, Becoming a Poet — talk by Anne-Marie Fyfe at Goldsmith’s College, University of London, New Cross (closed event)
  • Mon 7 May, 8pm, Summer 2012 — new season of fortnightly Monday readings hosted by Anne-Marie Fyfe for Coffee-House Poetry at the Troubadour, Earls Court
  • Thu 3 May, Poetry Workshop by Anne-Marie Fyfe at Chiswick & Bedford Park School, Chiswick (closed event)
  • Fri 20 & Sat 21 Apr, 10th John Hewitt/Glens of Antrim Spring Festival at Londonderry Arms, Carnlough, on the Antrim Coast, featuring Mavis Cheek, Hector McDonnell, Eoghan Walls, C.L. Dallat, Heather Richardson, Martin Mooney, Moya Cannon, Bernie McGill, Anne-Marie Fyfe & Kapka Kassabova
  • Sun 15 Apr, 4 pm, Poetry Reading, Anne-Marie Fyfe & Cheryl Moskowitz @
    Sunday Best The Lounge, W. 183rd St, North Manhattan, NY
  • Sat 14 Apr, 10 am—5 pm, Poetry Reading, Anne-Marie Fyfe at Taste of the Yeats Summer School Glucksman Ireland House, NYU, Washington Mews, NY
  • Thu 5 Apr, Workshops & Poetry Readings, Anne-Marie Fyfe & Cheryl Moskowitz at Northern Valley Regional High School Poetry Festival, Haworth, NJ
  • Mon 2 Apr, Poetry Class at Hunter College, Manhattan NY
  • Sat 31 Mar, 1 pm—5 pm Poetry Readings, Anne-Marie Fyfe, Deborah Poe, Rigoberto Gonzalez, Floyd Chung, Quincy Lehr, Ana Bozicevic, Jane Collins & many more at 2nd Westchester Poetry Festival at The Masters School, Dobbs Ferry, NY
  • Thu 29 Mar, 7.30 pm, Poetry Reading, Anne-Marie Fyfe & Cheryl Moskowitz at Unnameable Books, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, NY
  • Sun 25 Mar, 4 pm, Poetry Reading, Anne-Marie Fyfe & Cheryl Moskowitz at Scali Caffe, Bleecker St, West Village, NY
  • Sat 10 & Sun 11 Mar, 12 – 3.30 pm, Late Check-Out, themed creative-writing workshop with Anne-Marie Fyfe for Coffee-House Poetry at the Troubadour, Earls Court
  • Sun 19 Feb, 12 – 3.30 pm, An Exaltation of Larks, themed creative-writing workshop with Anne-Marie Fyfe for Coffee-House Poetry at the Troubadour, Earls Court
  • Sat 11 Feb, Workshop for Bluegate Poets, Swindon, Wiltshire
  • Mon 30 Jan, Poetry Reading featuring Anne-Marie Fyfe. Organised by Bangor University at The Management Centre, Bangor University, Bangor, Gwynedd
  • Fri 20 Jan, 8 pm, Poets Café, South Street, Anne-Marie Fyfe & C.L. Dallat, introduced by A.F. Harrold, Reading, Berkshire
  • Tue 17 Jan, 6 pm, Interview and reading for American Midwest Colleges by Anne-Marie Fyfe at the Troubadour (closed event), Earls Court

2011…

  • Wed 16 Nov, 7.30 pm, Bath Poetry Cafe Anne-Marie Fyfe with Bluegate Poets and Brickwork Poets, at Elwin Room, BRLSI, Queen Square, Bath
  • Sat 1 Oct—Sat 8 Oct, Poetry/creative-writing week (residential) with Anne-Marie Fyfe at Old Olive Press/Almàssera Vella, Relleu, Alicante
  • Tue 26 Jul, 11.30 am, Anne-Marie Fyfe interviews Jorie Graham at Hewitt Summer School (below)
  • Mon 25 Jul, 8 pm Anne-Marie Fyfe introduces opening-night Poetry Reading with Jorie Graham and Paul Muldoon at the Twenty-Fourth John Hewitt International Summer School, 25-29 Jul at Marketplace Theatre, Armagh City …with a full five-day festival programme of creativity and culture including (poets) Paul Farley, Eilean Ni Chuilleanain, Mimi Khalvati, Harry Clifton, Kei Miller, Theo Dorgan, Jane Kirwan, Norbert Hirschhorn, (prose), Eva Hoffman, Ales Machacek, Dermot Healy, John Boyne, Kevin Barry and many more with lectures by Patrick Crotty, Keith Jeffrey, Fran Brearton, Nicholas Grene plus art, music, drama, debate, discussion and all-week creative-writing options in poetry, memoir, scriptwriting, prose and drama…
  • Sat 2 Jul, Troubadour Poets, Anne-Marie Fyfe, Paul Stephenson and Phil Hancock at Ledbury Festival, Ledbury, Gloucestershire
  • Sat 25 Jun, 10 am- 3 pm, Brief Encounters, creative-writing workshop with Anne-Marie Fyfe on the theme of trains, railway journeys, stations, platforms, waiting rooms, missed connections… for Mendham Writers, Walthamstow
  • Wed 22 Jun, 7.30 for 8 pm, Bedford Park Festival. Chiswick
    Some Beautiful Morning: The Poetry of Daybreak — with special guest, Blake Morrison
    Plus usual themed music, refreshments, hosted by local poets Anne-Marie Fyfe & Cahal Dallat
    Venue: St. Michael & All Angels Hall, opp. Turnham Green tube station, Bath Road London W4 1TX
  • Sat 18 & Sun 19 Jun, 12 – 3.30 pm, Charting The Heavens, themed creative-writing workshop with Anne-Marie Fyfe for Coffee-House Poetry at the Troubadour, Earls Court
  • Sat 4 Jun, 6.30 – 8 pm, Three Voices: Poetry Reading with Anne-Marie Fyfe, Ruth Padel and James Byrne, Keats House Festival, Hampstead
  • Sat 4 Jun, 2 – 5 pm, Exploring Rooms, themed creative-writing workshop with Anne-Marie Fyfe, Keats House Festival, Hampstead
  • Wed 1 Jun, 3 – 4 pm, Anne-Marie Fyfe on Living in the Poetry World, talk/discussion, Keats House Summer Festival: Inspiration, Hampstead
  • Sun 29 May, 12 – 3.30 pm, Journey Without Maps, themed creative-writing workshop with Anne-Marie Fyfe for Coffee-House Poetry at the Troubadour, Earls Court
  • Sat 7 May, 4.30 pm, Poetry Reading featuring Anne-Marie Fyfe, Moyra Donaldson and Mairide Woods as part of Ninth John Hewitt/Glens of Antrim Spring Festival at Londonderry Arms, Carnlough, on the Antrim Coast: full Sat-Sun programme includes Rita-Ann Higgins, Michael Foley, Eoin McNamee, Iggy McGovern, Kate Newmann plus Great Northern Novel debate and Glens-of-Antrim literary tour
  • Mon 2 May, 9 pm, Poetry Reading featuring Anne-Marie Fyfe at Ó Bhéal, Cork
  • Mon 2 May, 7 pm, Journey Without Maps, themed writing workshop with Anne-Marie Fyfe at Ó Bhéal, Cork 7pm
  • Fri 25 Mar, The Lure of Libraries, themed creative-writing workshop with Anne-Marie Fyfe at Omagh Public Library
  • Fri 24 Mar, The Lure of Libraries, themed creative-writing workshop with Anne-Marie Fyfe at Dungannon Public Library
  • Sun 20 Mar, Journey Without Maps, themed writing workshop with Anne-Marie Fyfe, 12-3.30pm at the Troubadour
  • Thu 10 Mar, Bath Spa University’s Stand Up Poetry Series, 8pm, Duncan Room, Bath Royal Scientific and Literary Institution, Queen’s Square, Bath, reading featuring Hilary Menos & Anne-Marie Fyfe
  • Thu 3 Feb, Understudies Glens of Antrim launch, and poetry reading with Ballycastle born poet C.L. Dallat, (The Year of Not Dancing) as part of Dalriada Festival:, 8pm at Thyme & Co, Quay Road, Ballycastle (Free)
  • Fri 21 Jan, Understudies Galway launch, 6.30pm
    at Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop, Cornstore Mall, Middle Street, Galway (Free)
  • Thu 20 Jan, Understudies Belfast launch, Queens Quarter (Invitation Only)
  • Mon 17 Jan, epiphanies: with David Briggs, Ruth Fainlight, Anne-Marie Fyfe, Allison McVety, Katherine Kilalea, Ellen Cranitch, Anna-May Laugher, Diana Pooley and Henry Fajemirokun, 8pm at the Troubadour
                                                                                                                                                                                     ...with Seamus Heaney and C.L. Dallat at the John Hewitt International Summer School in Armagh (photo: Ulster Tatler)

Comments...

“Anne-Marie Fyfe’s poetry is taut, eloquent and deeply felt. Her poems are haunted by what the past does to the present, and by the physical relics of that past which is only relayed in snatches.”

— Helen Dunmore

“[Anne-Marie Fyfe’s] obsessive reality-testing has the paradoxical effect of unsettling realism: objects receive such glaring focus that they slither under the poem’s gaze and turn strange.”

— Ian Gregson in Poetry Wales

“Anne-Marie Fyfe’s poems have a lyric clarity, an ontological accuracy and unflinching vigilance that is both spiritual and revelatory.”

— Tom Paulin

“Anne-Marie Fyfe reminds us of the skins we inhabit and shed … This is fine poetry.”

— John Greening in Times Literary Supplement

“Time, witness, flesh and remembrance — these poems play in the deep end of the pools of image and imagination. A rich humanity informs Anne-Marie Fyfe’s new work. The vision is detailed, the voice rings true.”

— Thomas Lynch

“Memory is evoked, not through vague sentiment but through precise and intensely visualised detail […] Anne-Marie Fyfe has remained consistently concerned with honesty and integrity in her poetry, striving to find the precise and exact expression of the human condition, in all its bleakness and transient beauty.”

— Nessa O’Mahony in The Wolf

“Poem after poem has this quiet musicality, along with a persuasive and obstinate trust in what Wordsworth called ‘the essential passions of the heart’.”

— Michael O’Neill in London Magazine

“Fyfe is a collector, an archivist of the symbols of contemporary life with the same drive as a photographer.”

— Jackie Wills in Warwick Review

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