We are delighted to welcome Will Harris to this FRP Zoom event, having had to postpone his visit in person last April due to Covid. (Please see joining details in panel on left, or below if viewing on a phone).
Will is a poet and critic from London. He is the author of the chapbook, All This Is Implied, and the essay Mixed-Race Superman. He has had work published in The Guardian, the Poetry Review, and the London Review of Books, among other places. He was the recipient of the Poetry Fellowship from the Arts Foundation in 2019. In 2020, his debut collection RENDANG (Granta, 2020) won the Forward Prize for First Collection and was shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize.
We are delighted to invite John Greening to our next Zoom guest reading event.(Please see joining details in panel on left, or below if viewing on a phone).
John has lived in Upper Egypt, Scotland and the USA, but has been based in Cambridgeshire with his family for many years. Recipient of the Alexandria Prize, Bridport Prize and a Cholmondeley Award, he has published over twenty collections, large and small, including Heath with Penelope Shuttle (Nine Arches, 2016). Carcanet have brought out both To the War Poets (2013) and The Silence (2019) which features his long Sibelius poem. In 2017 there was a memoir of his time in Egypt, Threading a Dream (Gatehouse).
His most recent publications are the pamphlets Europa’s Flight (New Walk, 2019), Moments Musicaux (Salzburg, 2020) and a Postcard to (Red Squirrel Press, 2020, with Stuart Henson). He has edited Geoffrey Grigson’s poetry for Greenwich Exchange and Edmund Blunden’s Undertones of War for OUP (2015) along with many books about poets and poetry.
Click here to read transcript of interview with John by FRP member Graeme Ryan
We are delighted to invite Annie Fisher to our next Zoom guest reading event. (Please see joining details in panel on left, or below if viewing on a phone).
Annie’s background has been in primary education, initially as a teacher and later as an English adviser. Now semi-retired, she writes poetry for both adults and children. Her writing draws on her classroom experiences, her love of song and story, and memories of her Catholic childhood. A combination of the playful and the poignant often bubbles under the surface. Annie joined Taunton’s Fire River Poets in 2012 after winning a prize in their annual competition. She has been widely published in poetry magazines and has had two pamphlets published by Happenstance Press: Infinite In All Perfections (2016) and The Deal (2020) ‘In a manner reminiscent of Philip Larkin and Selima Hill, Annie Fisher writes poems of outlandish comedy undercut by profound seriousness.’ (Matthew Paul, reviewing ‘The Deal’).
Do also see the transcript of Graeme Ryan’s interview with Annie HERE
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The guest poets for our third Zoom event will be Veronica Aaronson and Virginia Griem. (Please see Zoom joining details in panel on left).
Veronica and Virginia are well known to our Taunton audience. Both are accomplished poets and are based in Teignmouth where they are members of the organising group for the Teignmouth Poetry Festival. Please see their biographies below.
Veronica lives in a quiet haven in South Devon. She is a co- founder and one of the organisers of the Teignmouth Poetry Festival. Her work has been published widely in literary journals, online and in anthologies. Her first collection Nothing About the Birds Is Ordinary This Morning (Indigo Dreams 2018) has been put forward for the 2020 Laurel Prize. One of the poems from the collection was chosen for the Scottish Poetry Library’s Best Scottish Poems Anthology 2019.
Recent comments include “Veronica Aaronson’s poems are lit with a deep luminosity – and numinosity. Striking in her delicate, passionate collection is her subtle juxtaposition of description of the natural world with human concerns, and griefs. She asks us to look, and look again. A fine collection to which you will want to return.” Roselle Angwin – “There is much beauty in the detail and her use of colour imagery in the poems can be astonishing. Her authentic observations of human character can transform a seemingly ordinary experience into something remarkable, with a quality of transcendence. “ Susan Taylor – “Her second collection Emily’s Mothers is due to be published by Dempsey and Windle this December.”
Virginia is a poet, painter and potter. She lives in Kingsteignton, Devon and like Veronica is heavily involved in the Teignmouth Poetry Festival. Virginia is responsible for organising the annual festival poetry competition, as well as curating a festival poetry and art exhibition.
Virginia was awarded First Prize in the Walter Swan poetry Competition at the Ilkley Literary Festival in 2018, and in the past year she has won second prize in the Barn Owl Trust poetry competition, was shortlisted for the Silver Wyvern Award at Poetry on the Lake and was longlisted in the National Poetry Competition 2019.
As well as having poems appearing in various anthologies, Virginia has created the images for Ian Royce Chamberlain’s illustrated pamphlet Not Forgotten/Nicht Vergessen published in January 2020.
After the success of our first Zoom Poetry Evening we are delighted to invite Chrissy Banks to our next.(Please see joining details in panel on left.)
Chrissy lives and writes in Exeter. She previously worked as a psychodynamic counsellor and trainer. Her poems have been published widely in anthologies and journals.
Chrissy’s first pamphlet was ‘Watching the Home Movies’ (Odyssey) followed by ‘Days of Fire and Flood’ (original plus). Her latest collection, The Uninvited, came out last autumn from Indigo Dreams. (Signed copies of the book can be ordered post free directly from Chrissy at firstname.lastname@example.org or through her website www.chrissybankspoetry.com, price £9.99)
She won second prize in the inaugural Wordsworth Trust Single Poem Competition in 2017 and has been longlisted in the Welsh Poetry Book Awards, prior to a final selection. A Poetry Business pamphlet, ‘Frank’, is due to be published in May of next year.