February 3rd 2022: Zoom Guest Evening – JACQUELINE SAPHRA

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 … Read more

‘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

John Stuart

Interview with John Stuart, by FRP Member Anthony Watts John, welcome to the Fire River Poets virtual interview room.  If you don’t mind, I’ll jump straight in with my questions … At what point in your life did you decide you were a poet? Hopes and aspirations have always been slippery things for me. I … Read more

Frances Corkey–Thompson

INTERVIEW WITH FRANCES CORKEY –THOMPSONGuest Poet for Fire River Poets in Taunton, June 3rd Interviewer: Graeme Ryan (Fire River Poets member) Firstly, thank you so much for giving this interview Frances, in advance of your much-anticipated reading for us at Fire River Poets. What is your earliest memory?I remember being on a station platform with … Read more

December 2nd, 2021: OPEN MIC ZOOM EVENING

This is an evening where we offer the opportunity to many poets to read and share their work. Slots are normally set at 5 minutes per person. Please use the online Registration Form to join us for this event.

Guest Poets: Andy Brown and Marc Woodward – November 4th, 2021

Please Note, this is now a ZOOM EVENT

We look forward to hearing works from Andy Brown and Marc Woodward at this event.  They will be reading from ‘The Tin Lodes‘, a jointly written book of poems. 

Andy Brown is professor of English, Creative Writing and Poetry at Exeter University and an internationally known poet with many published collections. 
Marc Woodward is a widely published poet as well as a highly regarded musician who has performed and taught internationally.

They recently collaborated on The Tin Lodes – a full length poetry collection exploring the relationship between man and nature in the West Country via environmental, archaeological, and human  themes. This was published in 2020 by Indigo Dreams. It was reviewed in the American online zine Quill & Parchment:

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