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

Please Note, this is now a ZOOM EVENT
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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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Guest Poets: Sheila Aldous & Pratibha Castle – October 7th, 2021

Sheila Aldous

For Sheila, as for many, poetry is a personal journey and she has experienced highs and lows while learning through life to ‘get back up again’. 
After a career with several newspapers from Liverpool to Bermuda, and in London at the Radio Times, a new journey of discovery opened up. Sheila gained a BA Honours at Anglia Polytechnic University, and an MA in Creative Writing from Exeter University.

Prathiba Castle

Pratibha, at various times a holistic therapist and workshop facilitator, singer, hippy, was born in Dublin and now lives in West Sussex. Though she received some acclaim as a writer at the age of nine, winning a Cadbury’s essay competition, also writing, directing and acting in a school play aged ten, she only turned to writing as an adult aged 60, prompted by her mother’s death.
She graduated from Chichester University with a first-class honours degree in English and Creative Writing, studying further on their Creative Writing MA.

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July 1st, 2021 – Guest Poet: John Stuart

John Stuart will be our Guest Poet on July 1st. He will be reading from his sequence ‘Drawing on the Natural’ written in collaboration with the artist Norman Steel.
Also, do read transcript of John’s interview with Anthony Watts on our ‘FRP Interview’ page.

June 3rd, 2021 – Guest Poet: Frances Corkey-Thompson

We are delighted to invite Frances to this FRP Zoom event The transcript of an interview between Frances and FRP Member Graeme Ryan can be read Here Poetry has always, since childhood, meant a lot to Frances. Retiring from teaching gave her time to concentrate on her own writing. Her work has by now appeared … Read more

May 6th, 2021 – Guest Poet: Moniza Alvi

Moniza was born in Pakistan and grew up in Hertfordshire. She has published several collections of poetry, including Homesick for the Earth (Bloodaxe 2011), versions of the French poet Jules Supervielle.
Three of her books have been shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize: her first The Country at My Shoulder (OUP 1993), Europa (Bloodaxe 2008) and At the Time of Partition (Bloodaxe 2013). Her most recent collection is Blackbird, Bye Bye (Bloodaxe 2018) and a collection Fairoz is in preparation.

April 1st, 2021 – Guest Poet: Caroline Bird (Forward Prize winner)

Caroline Bird is a poet and playwright. She has six collections of poetry published by Carcanet. Her most recent collection, The Air Year, won The Forward Prize for Poetry 2020. Her fifth collection, In These Days of Prohibition, was shortlisted for the 2017 TS Eliot Prize and The Ted Hughes Award. A two-time winner of … Read more

February 4th, 2021 – Guest Poet: John Greening

We are delighted to invite John Greening to our next FRP Zoom event. John has lived in Upper Egypt, Scotland and the USA, but has been based in Cambridgeshire with his family for many years. Recipient of the Alexandria Prize, Bridport Prize and a Cholmondeley Award, he has published over twenty collections, large and small, … Read more

January 7th, 2021 – Guest Poet: Annie Fisher

We are delighted to invite Annie Fisher a to start off our year of FRP Zoom events. Annie’s background has been in primary education, initially as a teacher and later as an English adviser. Now semi-retired, she writes poetry for both adults and children. Her writing draws on her classroom experiences, her love of song … Read more

November 5th, 2020 – Guest Poets: Veronica Aaronson and Virginia Griem

The guest poets for our third Zoom event will be Veronica Aaronson and Virginia Griem. Veronica and Virginia are well known to our Taunton audience. Both are accomplished poets and are based in Teignmouth where they are members of the organising group for the Teignmouth Poetry Festival. Their biographies appear below. Veronica lives in a … Read more

October 1st, 2020 – Guest Poet: Chrissy Banks

After the success of our first Zoom Poetry Evening we are delighted to invite Chrissy Banks to our next. (Please see joining details in panel on left.) Chrissy lives and writes in Exeter. She previously worked as a psychodynamic counsellor and trainer. Her poems have been published widely in anthologies and journals. Chrissy’s first pamphlet … Read more