Alison Brackenbury talks Ayres & Ashbery, kittens & wolves

Alison Brackenbury was born in Lincolnshire from a long line of shepherds and farmworkers. She won a scholarship to study English at Oxford, and has worked as a librarian, an accounts clerk and a metal finisher in the family business. She is now retired and lives in Gloucestershire. Alison has published nine collections. Helen Mort … Read more


The resullts of the last FRP Compeition have now been announced – Bill Lythgoe, Liz Parkes and John Lancaster are the winners in our annual Competition see all the winning and commended poems here – Winning, Commended and Shortlisted poets 1st Prize £200,   2nd Prize £100,    3rd Prize £75

Harry Man – Butterflies fly at 30°C

Harry Man is a poet from South London, currently living in Teesside. His first pamphlet, Lift, won the 2014 Bridges of Struga Award and won praise from the poet George Szirtes among others. His most recent pamphlet, Finders Keepers, a collaboration with the artist Sophie Gainsley, concerns endangered species across the British Isles. He was … Read more

Archive News – 2016

OTHER NEWS List of competitions held by a wide range of organisations. Updated near the start of each month. Download latest PDF file via our Facebook page.  The full list of Matt Bryden interviews with our Guest Poets are on this page. Annie Fisher writes. Guest poet with poem and biog at Acumen. ‘Getting away from … Read more

Archive News – 2015

‘Mistletoe Prayer’ by FRP member Anthony Watts was awarded a Special Commendation in the Magma Editor’s Prize Competition. Cristina Newton read on 7th May. Read about Cristina.         Mark Totterdell was our guest poet on 5th March 2015. Mark grew up near Taunton and now lives in Exeter. Many of his poems … Read more