Border Poets

Summary of 2017 Programme


Border Poets is a collection of eighteen experienced writers from a wide geographical area, who meet on eight Sundays a year. A regular feature of our meetings is a readaround, in which each member read a poem (which has been previously circulated) which is then discussed by other members. These usually last for around two hours, and produce stimulating discussion as well as useful suggestions for the improvement of our work.


This is a lively, successful and popular group, which has benefitted from the addition of new members, but is currently at the limits of manageable size. We regret that we are not currently accepting new members.

Recent Meetings

Because we come from a wide area, we meet seldom, but for most of the day – from 10.30 – 4.00. We usually contribute to a shared lunch, and most meetings will feature a readaround. We also share reactions to collections and magazines we’ve read.

During 2018 we organised a wide-ranging series of readings to promote this collection. The year was also marked by the deaths of two of our members, Chris Allan and Richard Beaumond. Chris’ poetry was celebrated in the October edition of SOUTH, with a two-page appraisal and a ten-page selection from his work. During 2019 we’ll be compiling a new anthology of work by Border Poets, which will also celebrate the life of Richard Beaumond, who left us some vivid memories and a generous bequest in aid of this collection.

In 2017 we visited R.S.Thomas church at Eglwys Fach, and heard a talk about him from Jim Perrin. We also had a workshop on prose poetry, a reading from a local poet, and a discussion of the poetry of John Burnside.

Wolf Hoard

In 2017, we published our latest publication, Wolf Hoard.

If you wish to contact us, our secretary Paul Francis, is at francisliberty@btinternet.com