Council officers should call in on Torriano poets

IF Camden Council officers are to take to the streets in search of villainy, a trip to the Torriano Meeting House, home of the Torriano poets in Kentish Town, would make for an interesting and uplifting diversion from the world of crime. And if they happe

IF Camden Council officers are to take to the streets in search of villainy, a trip to the Torriano Meeting House, home of the Torriano poets in Kentish Town, would make for an interesting and uplifting diversion from the world of crime.

And if they happened to call at a time when the writers are in full verbal flow, they might pause to wonder why the council seems so determined to silence the poets - if not by withdrawing grants, then by pushing up the monthly cost of hiring the community facility.

Then as they return to the mean streets, our council officers might at last empathise with Keats who said: ''Poetry should strike the reader as a wording of his own highest thoughts,'' - though the Robert Graves quote: ''There's no money in poetry, but then there's no poetry in money, either,'' might be more appropriate.

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