Penelope Shuttle

Lyonesse: An Interview For Fire River Poets with Penelope Shuttle Penny is reading for us on  Zoom on Thurs April 7th 2022 at 7.30pm. We are immensely grateful to you, Penny, for this stunning, insightful and open-hearted interview about the genesis of your latest book Lyonesse. We include also a bonus interview you gave to … Read more

Katie Griffiths

Interview with Katie Griffiths, guest poet at the Fire River Poets Poetry Evening on Zoom, 3rd March 2022 Annie Fisher (Fire River Poets) Thanks very much, Katie, for agreeing to this virtual interview! I’d like to launch straight in by asking about the title of your debut collection, ‘The Attitudes’. I was immediately struck by … Read more

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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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 … Read more

March 3rd 2022: Zoom Guest Evening – KATIE GRIFFITHS

Katie Griffiths grew up in Ottawa, Canada, in a family from Northern Ireland.

She came second in 2018’s National Poetry Competition. Her pamphlet, My Shrink is Pregnant, was a winner in Live Canon’s 2019 pamphlet competition. She was published in Primers Volume One by Nine Arches Press, and her first full-length collection, The Attitudes, came out in 2021, also from Nine Arches. 

A member of the two poetry groups Malika’s Poetry Kitchen and Red Door Poets, Katie is also singer-songwriter in the band A Woman in Goggles.

Click here to read transcript of interview with Katie by FRP member Annie Fisher

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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.

Do also read Jacqueline’s Interview with FRP Member Graeme Ryan (Link)

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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 … Read more

‘Hybrid’ Event -Thursday 2 September 2021

Our next event which will be held on Thursday 2 September 2021 will offer two options to all who would like to join us to hear our two guest poets, Gabrial Akamo and Luke Palmer read for us (see our information below about these two exciting young poets). First option is to use Zoom in … Read more