EVENTS IN TAUNTON
- Thur 2 March – Harry Man Website + bookable Open Mic slots. See Matt Bryden’s interview with Harry Man here.
- Thur 6 April – Prizewinners’ Evening: Alison Brackenbury – website – who was our judge, along with The Winners of the 2016 competition. More below.
- Thur 4 May – Stephen Boyce Website + bookable Open Mic slots
- Sat 6 May – Don’t miss Poets and Pints, a special reading by Taunton’s Fire River Poets, 7.30pm at The Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre. Come along to this lovely venue for a feast of poetry by this celebrated and talented group. £5 admission and bar.
FIRE RIVER POETS COMPETITION 2016
1st Prize £200, 2nd Prize £100, 3rd Prize £75
Bill Lythgoe, Liz Parkes and John Lancaster
are the winners in our annual Competition
see all the winning and commended poems here –
Winning, Commended and Shortlisted poets
Winners and poets with Commended entries have been invited to read their poems at our Celebratory Evening in Taunton, Somerset, on 6 April 2017
Our judge, Alison Brackenbury, will be there to read her own work
“I’d like to offer my congratulations to all the Winning, Commended and Shortlisted poets – and to thank everyone who entered. Our judge, Alison Brackenbury, was impressed by the high standard of the record number of entries. I hope you will enjoy reading the poems on this website and follow the future work of our winning poets.”
– John Stuart, Chairman, Fire River Poets
WHAT EVENTS DO WE ORGANISE?
• Guest Poet Evenings – each features a well-known, established poet – these evenings also have time reserved for bookable Open Mic slots (see below). Next events shown above – go to our Events page for more.
• 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 welcome. Book a slot via 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 our Contact Us page.
The monthly 8pm open meetings are at the Creative Initiative Centre (CIC), Taunton. 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. Members also have access to a private Chat page on this website. Read about our current and recent Members at Poets & Poems and browse a selection of their poems
List of competitions held by a wide range of organisations. Updated near the start of each month. Download latest PDF file via our Facebook page.
‘Getting away from the children’, written in 1982 by FRP Member Anthony Watts, has just appeared in the anthology ‘Crying for the lost tigers’, published by Carefree Kids, a children’s charity – http://www.carefreekids.org/ . It was chosen by Rowan Williams, poet and former Archbishop of Canterbury, as one of the winners in their competition for poems on ‘aspects of family life’.
FRP Member Anthony Watts has work selected for the Annual. The publishers say, “This Annual returns with a selection of extraordinary short fiction and poetry to spark the literary imagination. The winners and finalists of the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award represent a broad selection of the very best in established and promising international talent…. The featured compositions invoke a rich array of imagery and concepts that illuminate daily life. This inspirational collection combines longevity with innovation – a book that will stay with the reader, whilst offering new perspectives on the world and our place within it” Go to: www.aestheticamagazine.com
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.
Infinite in All Pefections is a 22-poem booklet by FRP member Annie Fisher, published by Happenstance. See details on the publisher’s website.
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.
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