Fire River Poets is a small group of Somerset poets who share their work in monthly meetings.

We also organise public poetry events, competitions and working with schools.
Read more in About Us

Please note, our Guest Readings and Open Mic events will continue on Zoom for the present.

Visit our Event Registration page to register for any of these events and to see joining instructions.

Most of our Guest Reading Evenings allow space for limited Open Mic slots. You can request this when you register to attend. (Only one poem per poet, please, or two provided they fit one side A4.)

Future Events

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News and Events

February 17th 2022: Zoom Guest Evening – JACQUELINE SAPHRA

February 17th 2022:  Zoom Guest Evening - JACQUELINE SAPHRA

*Please note change of date*

Jacqueline is a poet, playwright and teacher. Recent collections are All My Mad Mothers, shortlisted for the 2017 T.S. Eliot prize and Dad, Remember You are Dead (2019), both from Nine Arches Press. A Bargain with the Light: Poems after Lee Miller (2017) and Veritas: Poems after Artemisia (2020) were published by Hercules Editions.
Her most recent play, The Noises was nominated for a Standing Ovation Award. One Hundred Lockdown Sonnets was published by Nine Arches Press in 2021.
She is a founder member of Poets for the Planet a teaches and mentors for The Poetry School.

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‘Letting in the Light’: Young Poets Competition 2022

Fire River Poets are delighted to announce their Young Poets Competition, which is being run jointly with the Somerset Literacy Network and supported by Arts Council England. This joint venture allows us to offer a wealth of ideas and resources to inspire young poets.

The theme of the competition is Letting in the Light. The competition is free to enter and open to students from Year 1 to Year 10 (5 –16yrs).

For full details and supporting resources, please click item from top menu or follow this link

January 6th 2022: Zoom Guest Evening – THE FIRE AND THE FOUNTAIN

January 6th 2022: Zoom Guest Evening - THE FIRE AND THE FOUNTAIN


Wells-based Fountain Poets and Taunton-based Fire River Poets meet for the first time for a joint reading to celebrate verse-making, New Year and the Feast of Lights. 

Join us on Zoom to hear a wonderful range of Somerset poets and poetry. There will be a small number of open mic slots too – do let us know if you’d like one, they’re sure to go quickly.

Wells Fountain Poets website