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Tuesday, 14 January 2020

SAVE THE DATE: 22nd April 2020, 6-9pm



Featuring: Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Frank Auerbach, John Deakin, Nina Hamnett, Isabel Rawsthorne, Daniel Farson, Harry Diamond, F N Souza, Sally Duxbury, Elinor Bellingham-Smith, Trog, George Melly, William Redgrave, Denis Wirth-Miller and many, many more...

Dellasposa Gallery,

2 Bathurst…

Tales from the Colony Room: Soho's Lost Bohemia

Wednesday, 30 October 2019

The title of the book has changed to : Tales from the Colony Room: Soho's Lost Bohemia

The design for the cover is being finalised next week. The book will be going to print soon.


Tuesday, 15 October 2019

LAST ORDERS: This is the final chance to have your friend or loved one's name printed for posterity as a patron in the Tales from the Colony Room book. But hurry you only have until 20 October to take up the offer.


Tuesday, 5 March 2019

Richard Collins, editor of Christopher Howse's Soho in the Eighties, has been hired to cast his critical eye over my manuscript for Tales from the Colony...

"It doesn’t need me to say it, but this is an outstanding compilation, a true social and artistic memoir of the richest kind, with moments of great sadness and absolute horror offset by those of extreme hilarity. Nostalgie de la boue indeed…

Progress report

Thursday, 17 January 2019

Happy New Year!

The manuscript for Tales from the Colony was handed to the publisher before Christmas and I have spent the last two days looking at hundreds of photos of the club and its many members.  I will be finalising the illustrations and sorting out the permissions for the book over the next couple of weeks.

Thank you once again for subscribing to the book.

Kind regards,


Manuscript submitted

Friday, 9 November 2018

Hi - Just finished the manuscript for the Colony book last night and emailed it off to the publisher.

As soon as we have finalised the manuscript I will let you know the publication date.

I am now making small caricature illustrations of the people featured in the book.

 Kind regards






101% funded. Thank You!

Thursday, 25 October 2018

A huge thank you to everyone who has pledged for Tales from The Colony. I am just completing the manuscript now and it will be sent off to the publishers in the next couple of weeks. I will keep you all updated concerning the book's progress and the various Colony events I have in the pipeline.

Best wishes

Darren Coffield

Last leg

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Tales from the Colony is now 93% funded.

Thank you so much for your support!

If you know someone who might want to pledge and have their name published in the book as a patron there is still time.

Unfortunately once the book is 100% funded we cannot add anymore names as  the book will be being published and distributed to retailers.

Kind regards,





Tales from The Colony talk at Sohemian Society

Monday, 9 July 2018

Darren Coffield will be discussing, Tales from the Colony Room Club, from 7pm this Thursday at the Sohemian Society.

Venue: Sohemian Society, 1st floor, The Wheatsheaf, London W1T

The third milestone

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Tales from the Colony is now two thirds funded.

A huge thank you to everyone who has pledged their support.

Please continue to spread the word as it will be impossible to publish the book without your invaluable help. 

You are quite literally making history happen!

Best wishes,

Darren Coffield

Over the hill?

Saturday, 19 May 2018

We have now passed the 50% mark. A huge thank you to everyone who has supported this unique and historic book. However we still need to raise another 46% to reach the target and publish the book. So please spread the word and forward the link to friends and family who I am sure will find the book of interest :

The book makes an ideal gift or present…

Publication date: Spring 2020
116% funded
291 backers