UuyAs part of the Taunton Live Festival, there will be a
Poetry Reading with the Fire River Poets
on Thursday 27th July
from 7:30pm to 10:pm
at the Winchester Arms, Castle Green, Taunton.
PRIZE WINNERS Young Poets Competition 2017
1st Prize – Ruby Hanson (Minehead First) I always and always!
Joint 2nd Prize
– Ryan Reed (Parkfield School) Running Through the Seasons
– Sophie Hough (Minehead) First Colours and happiness
Joint 3rd Prize
– Jemima Anderson Tip a Tap a
– Lucie McLannon, (Minehead First) What is Cloudy?
– Martha Joanne Milton-Jenkins, (Minehead) Wet Easter Eggs
We were shocked and saddened to learn of the sudden death of Tony French. Tony was a valued member of Fire River Poets and will be much missed. Our deepest sympathy goes to Hilary, his wife.
Tony was a very private person and enjoyed working behind the scenes rather than being at the microphone, but his advice and support were unstintingly given whenever needed and were much appreciated by all. Tony was also an assiduous and careful editor. Alongside his many other voluntary activities, he undertook the editorial responsibility for our website and, with Hilary, ran our Facebook page.
At his own request there has been no funeral, but if they wished, his friends were invited to take time at around 3pm on Saturday 3rd June to remember him and celebrate his life.
Matt’s latest interview is with
A new COMPETITION for YOUNG POETS has been announced.
Taunton’s Fire River Poets, in partnership with Make Performing Arts, invites young poets to enter the Young Poets Competition as part of the Taunton Live Arts Festival in July, 2017.
The Theme is CLIMATE. Entry: Free. Deadline: 16th June. Prizegiving at The Brewhouse, 12th July 2017. Download pdf of full details here: Young Poets Competition 2017
The resullts of the last FRP Compeition have now been announced –
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
1st Prize £200, 2nd Prize £100, 3rd Prize £75
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.
The full list of Matt Bryden interviews with our Guest Poets are on this page.
Annie Fisher writes. Guest poet with poem and biog at Acumen.
‘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
- ‘Mistletoe Prayer’ by FRP member Anthony Watts was awarded a Special Commendation in the Magma Editor’s Prize Competition.
Cristina Newton read on 7th May. Read about Cristina.
- Mark Totterdell was our guest poet on 5th March 2015. Mark grew up near Taunton and now lives in Exeter.