Somerset Young Poets Competition 2018

A new COMPETITION for SOMERSET YOUNG POETS.

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.

Theme:  ‘WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE’

Deadline: 23rd June.     Entry is Free.
Prize giving: Taunton Library 5-7 pm Wednesday 18th July (as part of Taunton Live arts awards prize-giving ceremony)

A limited number of free school workshops is available.
Click for Full Details and an Application Form

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!

PRIZE WINNERS – Young Poets Competition 2017

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? 
Highly Commended
– Martha Joanne Milton-Jenkins, (Minehead)   Wet Easter Eggs

See more photos and details at Results of Somerset Young Poets Competition 2017, including Commended Entries and the prize winning poems.

Sad News

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.

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