Welcome & News

1st Prize £200,   2nd Prize £100,    3rd Prize £75

Read about the judge, Alison Brackenbury, here 

Read the full entry details and rules, here


See results & winning poems here

Part of Taunton Live! Fire River Poets in association with Brendon Books/Lamp Magazine and Resources for Learning.

  • Scroll down for a list of our next monthly public events in the Taunton area
  • Evenings with a featured Guest Poet include bookable Open Mic slots for new and experienced poets alike
  • We also have dedicated Open Mic evenings – read your own poetry to a friendly and receptive audience
  • In addition to these public events, our members meet to share and discuss each others’ poetry.  Those meetings are limited to enrolled members – there’s a limit to the number of poets who can meet in anyone’s home! At Poets & Poems you can read about our present and recent members and browse a selection of their poems

You’ll find a great welcome at these events in 2016
Venue: CIC, Taunton. 8pm. See events page for venue details.
All evenings include bookable Open Mic slots – see events page


4 February – Adam Horovitz also http://adamhorovitz.co.uk/blog/
3 March – Sue Boyle www.poetrybusiness.co.uk/sue-boyle
7 April – John Greening www.johngreening.co.uk
5 May – Fiona Benson www.forwardartsfoundation.org/poet/fiona-benson
2 June – Alwyn Marriage
7 July – OPEN MIC evening
4 Aug – OPEN MIC evening
MS21 Sept – Myra Schneider (left)

6 Oct – Ben Parker 
3 Nov – Rosie Jackson
7 Dec – OPEN MIC evening


Provisional calendar for dedicated Open Mic evenings- watch this space!
5 Jan – OPEN MIC evening
6 July -OPEN MIC evening
7 Dec – OPEN MIC evening

Fire River Poets’ News in brief

The Kubla Khan Imagined Worlds poetry competition is now open for entries; closing date 31st August. Sponsored by The Friends of Coleridge.

Annie Fisher Three Incarnations of the Reverend Clarence Rigby by FRP member Annie Fisher is one of the guest poems currently on Acumen’s new website.

Jean Atkin, placed first in the FRP Competition 2014

Read Jean Atkin’s winning poem


Fire River Poets Competition results.

Click here for the results of the FRP Competition 2014/5 – with links to the winning poems and poets.

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

Poetry competitions: a pdf list of forthcoming, mainly UK, competitions. Updated near start of each month. Go to our Competitions page for link to latest pdf.

Tony Watts has won a commendation (and £10) in the Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition for his poem Variations on the Wild Plum

FRP winners. FRP member Genista Lewes was awarded First Prize in the ‘The Page is Printed’ poetry competition at the Tacchi-Morris open mic event in Taunton. The Third Prize was won another (recent) FRP member, Julie Sampson.

Winner: A Proper Fire by FRP member Anthony Watts has won First Prize (£750) in the ‘Four Counties’ Competition run by Rottingdean Writers Group.

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

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