A lively group of poets has been meeting monthly in and around the city of Wells, Somerset, for over nineteen years. For the last few years we have had a guest poet, time for drinks and conversation in the interval, and readings from the floor. These do not need to be pre-booked; just turn up and you will be made welcome.
When we have guest poets we like to pay them, so there is a charge, currently £3. Meetings are free when we do not have a guest poet. Meetings start promptly at 7pm and finish about by 9pm. They are friendly and informal. There is a lot of laughter and occasionally a few tears. We listen in a spirit of respect to every poem, whether it comes from a published poet or a complete beginner. Some people come just to listen, and some listeners become contributors.
In February 2019 we became a Stanza Group of the Poetry Society. Non-members are always welcome.
We meet at 7pm on the first Monday of each month, upstairs at The King’s Head in Wells High Street, conveniently close to the Union Street Car park.
Fountain Poets’ next meeting will be on Monday 5th September at 7pm upstairs at the King’s Head in Wells High Street, with the lovely Annie Fisher of Fire River Poets as Guest Poet. Her latest pamphlet is ‘The Deal’ (Happenstance 2020) – “poems of outlandish comedy undercut by profound seriousness.” – Matthew Paul. There will also be open-mic opportunities as usual.
We shall be having two meetings in October. David Niven will chair an open-mic meeting at 7pm on 3rd October, and on 17th October starting at 5.30 (after the Wells Litfest Poetry Competition prizegiving and readings 2-5pm in Cedars Hall) we’ll have a Festival Fringe Binge, with open-mic followed by two guest readers, Fountain poet Michelle Diaz, the Chaired Bard of Glastonbury, and Fire River Poet Graeme Ryan, whose stunning collection ‘Valley of the Kings’ was published earlier this year by Coverstory Books.
For past meetings, please see the archive.