Welcome & News

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

Read the full entry details and rules, here

Read about the judge, Alison Brackenbury, here 

  • 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


6 Oct – Ben Parker 

Ben Parker

Ben Parker

3 Nov – Rosie Jackson
1st Dec – OPEN MIC evening

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

1 Sept – Myra Schneider (left)



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

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’.

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

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.

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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