SAD NEWS – Adrian Campbell

Adrian Campbell, poet, artist and one time member of Fire River Poets, died on the 11th March 2019, just a few days before his 96th birthday.  Our thoughts go out to his wife Irene and their family.  

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Fire River Poets, Taunton, has a vacancy for one new member. If you write poetry, and would like feedback on your work from a group of experienced, friendly and supportive poets, please get in touch with us. If you have only just started writing seriously, that is fine, but an interest in reading poetry, including … Read more

Somerset Young Poets Competition 2018


Taunton’s Fire River Poets, in partnership with Arts Council England, Somerset Live and Pizza Express invites young poets to enter the Young Poets Competition as part of the Taunton Live Arts Festival in July, 2018.

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PRIZE WINNERS – Young Poets Competition 2017

PRIZE WINNERS    Young Poets Competition 2017 1st Prize – Ruby Hanson (Minehead First)  I always and always! Joint 2nd Prize –   Ryan Reed (Parkfield School)  Running Through the Seasons  –   Sophie Hough (Minehead)   First Colours and happiness Joint 3rd Prize –   Jemima Anderson    Tip a Tap a –   Lucie McLannon, (Minehead First)  What is … Read more

Sad News

We were shocked and saddened to learn of the sudden death of Tony French.  Tony was a valued member of Fire River Poets and will be much missed.  Our deepest sympathy goes to Hilary, his wife. Tony was a very private person and enjoyed working behind the scenes rather than being at the microphone, but … Read more

Young Poets Competition 2017

A new COMPETITION for YOUNG POETS has been announced. Taunton’s Fire River Poets, in partnership with Make Performing Arts, invites young poets to enter the Young Poets Competition as part of the Taunton Live Arts Festival in July, 2017. The Theme is CLIMATE. Entry: Free. Deadline: 16th June. Prizegiving at The Brewhouse, 12th July 2017. Download … 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

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