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.)

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News and Events

May 5th 2022: Zoom Guest Evening – DAVID MORLEY

May 5th 2022:  Zoom Guest Evening - DAVID  MORLEY

Biographical note

David Morley’s latest book FURY was a Poetry Book Society Choice and shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Collection. David won the Ted Hughes Award for The Invisible Gift: Selected Poems. His other books from Carcanet Press include The Magic of What’s There, The Gypsy and the Poet, a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, Enchantment and The Invisible Kings, also a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and TLS Book of the Year. David pioneered podcasting in creative writing through his Slow Poetry and Writing Challenges spoken word projects. He is a professor at Warwick University and a Fellow of The Royal Society of Literature.

Publisher details at Carcanet

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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

April 7th 2022: Zoom Guest Evening – PENELOPE SHUTTLE

April 7th 2022:  Zoom Guest Evening - PENELOPE SHUTTLE

Penelope Shuttle lives in Cornwall. Her thirteenth collection, Lyonesse, appeared from Bloodaxe Books in June 2021, and was Observer Poetry Book of the Month for July. Covid/Corvid, a pamphlet written in collaboration with Alyson Hallett, was published by Broken Sleep Books, September 2021. Father Lear, a pamphlet, was published by Poetry Salzburg, June 2020. Retrieved Data, a micro- pamphlet, appeared from Broken Sleep Books in May 2021. 

She has received a Gregory Award and a Cholmondeley Award.  Redgrove’s Wife ,(Bloodaxe Books, 2007), was shortlisted for the T S Eliot Award, and for The Forward Prize.

Penelope is President of the Falmouth Poetry Group, founded in 1972 by her late husband, poet Peter Redgrove.  She is widely published, and has often broadcast her work. Her radio poem, Conversations on a Bench, set in Falmouth, was heard on BBC Radio 4 in March 2020, and she is a contributor to The Verb on Radio 3.   Currently she is working on a new collection, History of the Child.

Read interview between Penelope and FRP member Graeme Ryan, here