Latest Notices

Guest Poet: September 6th, 2018

Ian Royce Chamberlain will be reading as our guest poet for our Autumn series of poetry readings at The Creative Innovation Centre on Thursday September 6th 2018, at 8pm. In a long career as a mechanical engineer, Ian Royce Chamberlain learned that, to work properly, a high-performance machine must be meticulously assembled. Poetry, he says, demands the precision engineering of words. Or, to combine both disciplines, “Put the bits together properly and it’ll work.” Do read the extract of the interview with him by FRP member Graeme Ryan  here (more…)

Somerset Young Poets Competition 2018 – Results

The Somerset Young Poets Competition 2018 drew over 1,000 entries from 33 schools.
The theme was When Worlds Collide.
Read all of the winning, highly commended and commended poems at Somerset Young Poets Anthology 2018.


Guest Poet: June 7th, 2018

We are delighted to say that Melanie Branton, who was forced to cancel her visit due to the extreme snowy conditions in February, will be reading for us on Thursday June7th at the Creative Innovation Centre. It’s sure to be a great evening as Melanie is making a terrific reputation for herself with readings all over the country. Do have a look at Matt Bryden’s interview with her to learn more about her and her poetry.


Guest Poet: 3rd May, 2018

Stephen Payne will be reading his work at this event.
Read interview with Stephen by FRP member Graeme Ryan.
Also, see full post to read short biography.

(As always, we meet at Creative Innovation Centre (CIC) starting at 8 pm.
Doors open from 7:30. Entrance Fee £5

For available Open Mic slots, please contact John Stuart) (more…)

Fire River Poets – SPRING READING: ‘Poems and Pints’ – Saturday 21st April at 7:30pm

After our highly successful 2017 event, we invite you to join Fire River Poets for an evening of poetry at its humorous, thought provoking, spell-binding and hard-hitting best.

Entrance is FREE for this event and will be held at 7.30pm on Saturday 21st APRIL 2018 in the upstairs bar of the Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre, School Road, Monkton Heathfield Taunton, TA2 8P(more…)


Fire River Poets, Taunton, has a vacancy for one new member. If you write poetry, and would like feedback on your work from a group of experienced, friendly and supportive poets, please get in touch with us. If you have only just started writing seriously, that is fine, but an interest in reading poetry, including contemporary poetry, is important. We meet about once a month, on a Tuesday, in Hatch Beauchamp.

Fire River Poets hold regular ‘open mic’ evenings, which include readings from invited guest poets. Members are encouraged (but not obliged) to attend these events. You can find out more by visiting our website,

If you are interested, please send five or six of your poems plus any relevant information (e.g. membership of other groups, any publications, own website) to Your poems will not be published by us, or shown to anyone outside the group.