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Guest Poet: December 6, 2018

Erling Kittelsen will be our guest for this occasion.

Kittelsen had his debut as a poet in 1970. He has since than published several poetry cycles and collections, as well as fables, dramatic works and translations of poetry.

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Guest Poet: October 4th, 2018

Rose Cook  is a well-known South West poet who performs regularly at festivals and poetry events. Rose co-founded the popular Devon poetry and performance forum One Night Stanza, as well as poetry performance group Dangerous CardigansHearth is her latest book of poetry. Her website is www.rosecook.wordpress.com
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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
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VACANCY: POET WANTED

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, www.fireriverpoets.org.uk.

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 sanchobramble@hotmail.com. Your poems will not be published by us, or shown to anyone outside the group.

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. (more…)

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.