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Guest Poet: February 7, 2019

Jean Sprackland

Jean has published five poetry collections, most recently Green Noise, and her book Tilt was the winner of the Costa Poetry Award in 2008. She is also the author of Strands: A Year of Discoveries on the Beach, which won the Portico Prize for Non-Fiction in 2012. Jean is Professor of Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University, and Chair of the Poetry Archive. (See ‘The FRP Interview’ with Jean here)

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Guest Poet: December 6, 2018

Erling Kittelsen

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.

He is known for his dialogues, partly with colleagues and partly in the work with the translation of poetry from distant languages in relation to the Nordic language area like Arabian, Persian, Korean, Latvian and Sumerian.

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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.