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Our 2016 Competition is now closed
We had a record number of entries. These will all be read by our Judge, Alison Brackenbury. The results will be announced on 31 January 2017. Winners will be invited to receive their Awards and read their poems at our meeting on 6 April.


• Guest Poet Evenings – each features a well-known, established poet  – alongside, these evening events have time reserved for bookable Open Mic slots. See below.

• The Open Mic slots on Guest Evenings. We encourage you to book one of the five-minute slots on the Guest Poet Evenings. This could be the first time you have read your poetry in public. Give it a go! Experienced and beginners alike are most welcomed. Book a slot via e-mail – see our Contact Us page. Click the link and it will open in a new tab.

Dedicated Open Mic evenings – read your own poetry to a friendly audience

Book Open Mic slots via e-mail: see our Contact Us page.

The monthly open meetings are at the Creative Initiative Centre (CIC), Taunton. See the Events page for details of forthcoming events.  The CIC (location map via Events page) is fifty yards from Taunton’s multi-storey car park, in Paul Street,  TA1 3PF. There are two other car parks nearby. Bus stop: 120 yards; taxi rank: 300 yards.

We also hold monthly meetings in FRP Members’ homes, when we share and discuss each others’ poetry – these meetings are of necessity limited to the (approx one dozen at any one time) FRP Members. Read about our current and recent Members at Poets & Poems and browse a selection of their poems

1 December 2016  – OPEN MIC Evening
CIC, Taunton, 8pm-10pm, admission £5. Drinks available.

Please see the Provisional Programme for 2017 on our Events page


List of competitions held by a wide range of organisations. Updated near start of each month. Download latest PDF file via our Competitions page.

Orni-thology. A book of poems about birds… the work of FRP member Tony Watts is quoted in this book  review. See the review here.

9781910131343Infinite in All Pefections is a 22-poem booklet by FRP member Annie Fisher, published by Happenstance. See details on the publisher’s website.

Matt Bryden

Matt Bryden

FRP member Matt Bryden has a couple of poems -‘After Daphnis and Chloe’ and ‘I Lost My Igloo’- and a review of Christopher Logue’s War Music at ‘Enchanting Verses’ guest edited by Harry Man. Also, a poem ‘Janus’ in the new Tears in the Fence. Also, a poem in Asterism, an anthology of poems about punctuation – Matt’s is an empty square symbol denoting a ‘missing character’.

Somerset Young Poets Competition 2016. See results & winning poems here. This was part of Taunton Live! and organised by Fire River Poets in association with Brendon Books/Lamp Magazine and Resources for Learning.

Jean Atkin, placed first in the FRP Competition 2014

Jean Atkin, 2014/5 winner

Fire River Poets Competition 2014/5. Click here for the results – with links to the winning poems and poets.

FRP member Matt Bryden has two poems posted on GAROS ‘connecting people to the land’.

Red on Bone a free 66-page eBook of 14 winning poems and 63 illustrations by international artists – published by FRP member Tony French, sponsor of the website Poems Please Me

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