We’re delighted to announce that Friday morning poetry group member Dominic Fisher has followed his success in the 2018 Bristol Poetry Prize by securing a publishing contract with The Blue Nib for his forthcoming collection, The Ladies and Gentleman of the Dead, which will be appearing next year. Well done, Dominic!


Silver Street Poetryour next open mic is Friday 7th December at 12.30pm, at The Station, Silver Street, Bristol BS1 2AG. Our guest poet will be Alison Brackenbury. She will be reading from her 2018 collection, Aunt Margaret’s Pudding, and of course there will be our usual open mic.

So come along, bring one of your poems, bring one written by someone else, or simply bring your ears.

Cost: £3, or whatever you can afford.

Forthcoming guests:

Friday 4th January – Hazel Hammond

Friday 1st February – Lucy English

Friday 1st March – Sharon Larkin




We are in the process of applying for funding for our intermediate and starter writing groups. If this might be of interest to you, please check back in due course for further details.


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Forthcoming major poetry competitions

2018 Charles Causley International Poetry Competition

The White Review Poet’s Prize 

Barnet Open Poetry Competition

Against the Grain Poetry Press Poem Competition

The Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Competition

The Overton Poetry Prize

Brexit in Poetry Competition

Five Aspects 2018 Poetry Competition



Good poets reinvent the language, taking the given of ordinary speech and pushing it beyond itself, making in effect a translation from one sense of reality to another.

Jay Parini