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
Letting in the Light
Young Poets Competition 2022
A huge thanks to all who entered our 2022 competition which had the biggest response ever – 2,925 poems to be precise! The children responded wonderfully to the theme, in many and varied ways.
Click Here to read the full results, together with the prize-winning poems in all five categories. As well as finding the names of winning, highly commended and commended poets listed here, you will find a list of all poets who were long-listed, all of whom will receive a ‘special mention certificate.
Original competition details are available here
We are delighted to invite James and Anthony to this FRP Zoom event.
James Sale lives in Bournemouth and is a management consultant, educator and poet who has had over 50 books published, most recently, “Mapping Motivation for Top Performing Teams” (Routledge, 2021). He has been nominated by The Hong Kong Review for the 2022 Pushcart Prize for poetry, has won first prize in New York’s The Society of Classical Poets 2017 annual competition, and performed in New York in 2019. He is a regular contributor on poetry and culture for New York’s The Epoch Times. His most recent poetry collection is “HellWard”, which has led one reviewer to describe him as “England’s epic poet” and another to describe the poem as like “thriller fiction, especially Lee Child, that has me desperately keen to turn to the next page to see what happens next.” Finally, Anthony Watts remarked that “HellWard is like no other book you have ever read – unless, that is, you’ve read the first book of Dante’s Divine Comedy, on which it is modelled.”
For more information about the author, and about his Dante project, visit https://englishcantos.home.blog
A Londoner by birth, Anthony Watts has lived in rural Somerset for most of his life, its varying terrains – the Quantock Hills, the Levels – informing much of his work. Upon his retirement from local government in 2003 he held the distinction of being Somerset County Library’s longest-serving member. Anthony is a founder member of the Fire River Poets, at whose monthly open mics he is a regular participant. He has won 26 First Prizes in poetry competitions and was longlisted for the National Poetry Competition 2014. His poems have appeared in many magazines and anthologies. His first collection, Strange Gold, was published by the mysteriously named KQBX Press, edited by fellow poet James Sale, with whom he will be sharing the guest spot on 2nd June.
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
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).