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18 March, 2017 @ 8:00 pm

After a successful debut in The West End, The Poetry Brothel London returns to the streets of Dickensian London to howl at conventions and falsehood and to spread our tapestry of fiery, insightful and compelling poetry. History is not only to be told by the victors but by the voices of the marginalised, the unheard, the unconsoled and the forgotten by the establishment. The Poetry Brothel London is funnelling the spirit of Dickens, Jack London, Orwell and collectively summoning a catharsis of both hope and despair. All of this of course in a setting of passion, entertainment, plenitude and desire. Performances all night by our fabulous Poetry Whores.

The Betsey Trotwood is one of the last beacons of authenticity in poetry and alternative music in the London scene. Templar Poetry, Ambit, John Hegley, Tim Wells and other iconic poetical institutions have run and run excellent nights of poetry here. We are taking over the three floors and recreating a Victorian brothel of flesh and words.

Tarot readings and burlesque.

Limited capacity.


Imagine beauty encapsulated in the literary expression of a powerful psyche. Imagine purchasing a portion of a poet’s mental anatomy. Imagine being locked in a perfumed room with a spirit and a flesh of your own choosing, jaunting through the alleyways and corridors of an artist’s consciousness. Imagine sexiness and poems dancing together like flames with the wind.

The Poetry Brothel is a unique and immersive poetry event that takes poetry away from classrooms, lecture halls and Ivory towers and places it in the lush, radiant and fiery interiors of a bordello. Based on the concept of the fin-de-siecle bordellos in New Orleans and Paris, many of which functioned as safe havens for fledgling, avant-garde artists, The Poetry Brothel presents a rotating cast of “poetry whores” each operating within a carefully constructed character. For a small fee, you can purchase a piece of the “whore’s” poetical spirit and absorb yourself in the true nature of one-on-one poetry readings in back rooms and other secret and intimate spaces.


The Betsey Trotwood
56 Farringdon Road
London, EC1R 3BL United Kingdom
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