Latest Notices

During this period of ‘lock down’ we have regrettably postponed all future planned events and meetings.
When the situation eases and the future becomes clearer, we will announce our revised programme.
In the meantime, we wish that you all remain well and safe and manage your lives in the best way possible during this difficult period.


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poems plus any relevant information (e.g. membership of other groups, any publications, own website) to Your poems will not be published by us, or shown to anyone outside the group.

Guest Poet: 5th April 2018

Olivia McCannon is our guest poet for this event. Do read her Biography below and visit her website at
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.


Guest Poet: 1st March 2018

This event with Melanie Branton had to be cancelled due to adverse weather conditions. We hope to be able to arrange an alternative date for later in the year.


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Somerset Young Poets Competition 2018


Taunton’s Fire River Poets, in partnership with Arts Council England, Somerset Live and Pizza Express invites young poets to enter the Young Poets Competition as part of the Taunton Live Arts Festival in July, 2018. (more…)

Guest Poet: 1st February 2018

Our next Guest Poet will be A.F. Harrold.

Read more about him at his website

The text of an interview with A.F. Harrold by one of our FRP members is available at the page Matt Bryden Interviews , together with interviews from some of our previous guest poets.

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


FRP Open Mic Evening – 4th January 2018

Our Programme for 2018 begins on Thursday 4th January with an Open Mic Evening.

We have already invited guest Poets for February and March and will be adding others over the next few weeks. Please check our website to see updates.

We hope to see you on Thursday 4 January to help give a great start to our 2018 programme!