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Guest Poet: April 2nd, 2020

Event Postponed

BUT, do read FRP member Graeme Ryan’s interview with Will Harris

Will Harris

Bio: Will Harris is a poet and critic from London. He is the author of the chapbook, All This Is Implied, and the essay Mixed-Race Superman. He has had work published in The Guardian, the Poetry Review, and the London Review of Books, among other places. He was the recipient of the Poetry Fellowship from the Arts Foundation in 2019. His debut collection RENDANG (Granta, 2020) is the Poetry Book Society Choice for spring 2020. 

Fire River Poets perform at the Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre

Event Postponed

Friday March 20th at 7.30pm

We’re back! Enjoy a fantastic evening of poetry with Taunton’s acclaimed and prize-winning Fire River Poets performing for one night only at The Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre, Taunton. In the friendly and informal Spotlight Bar we will move, amuse, dazzle and entertain you …

Entry is Free!
Bring a friend and let our dozen talented Taunton troubadours transport you.

Click here to link to Tacchi-Morris website and directions.

Guest Poet: March 5th, 2020

Rachael Clyne

Rachael comes from Glastonbury and is a psychotherapist who has published self-help books as well as poetry.  She is well known on the poetry circuit.   Her prizewinning collection Singing at the Bone Tree is published by Indigo Dreams.  Her work appears in many anthologies and journals.


Guest Poet: February 6th, 2020

Anthony Watts

Anthony has been writing ‘seriously’ for nearly 50 years. 
He has had poems published in many magazines and anthologies in addition to five published collections: Strange Gold (KQBX Press, 1991), The Talking Horses of Dreams (Iron Press, 1999), Steart Point & other poems (John Garland, 2009), The Shell Gatherer (Oversteps, 2011) and his latest collection Stiles (Paekakariki Press, 2019).
Do read the FRP Interview with Anthony.


Guest Poet: October 3rd, 2019


Louise was born and grew up in the West Country and now lives in London. With a background in theatre, her first collection A Child’s Last Picture Book of the Zoo won the Cinnamon Press debut poetry competition and was published in 2012. A pamphlet In the scullery with John Keats, also published by Cinnamon, came out in 2016.  Her poems have been widely published in magazines including Ambit, The Rialto, Poetry Wales and Stand. In 2018 she won first prize in the Prole Laureate Poetry Competition with her poem ‘The Marshes’, which appears in John Dust.


Guest Poet: September 5th, 2019


Maitreyabandhu was ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order in 1990, since when he has lived and worked at the London Buddhist Centre teaching Buddhism and meditation. In 2010, he founded Poetry East, a poetry venue exploring the relationship between spiritual life and poetry and attracting some of the finest poets writing today. His poetry has won numerous awards including the Keats-Shelley Prize, the Basil Bunting Award, the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize and in 2010 he won the Poetry Business Book and Pamphlet Competition.
Please click to read his full blog and click here to read the FRP Interview with Maitreyabandhu.

Guest Poet: June 6th, 2019

Jinny Fisher

As a prelude to Jinny’s reading on 6th June, she has provided Fire River with an illuminating summary about both her life and each step she has taken on her poetry journey. Worth taking note by potential poets who might follow the example Jinny sets and the way in which she has cultivated her talent. Her most recent success being the publication of her first pamphlet by V Press in 2018.  (Click for flyer)


Guest Poet: May 2nd, 2019

Marc Woodward

Marc Woodward

Born in the USA but a long term resident of rural Devon, Marc Woodward is a poet and musician who has taught and performed internationally. His writing reflects his love of music as well as his passion for the rural environment – albeit with a dark undercurrent occasionally bordering on the macabre! 
Read the FRP Interview with Marc here


‘An Evening With Fire River Poets’ – Friday April 26th 7.30 pm

After last year’s acclaimed event at The Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre, join Taunton’s celebrated prize-winning poetry group for another evening of original verse in performance.
Witty, thought-provoking, powerful, humorous and richly varied, this an evening not be missed for poetry lovers everywhere. ‘Like a piece of ice on a hot stove, the poem rides on the ice of its own melting’ as the inimitable Robert Frost put it.
Bar and free entry. Click here for venue details. See you there!