The Nettle Trick

The Nettle Trick is our latest publication, curated by the members.  Comments from outside the group include:

R V Bailey

The Border Poets are serious experienced poets who have been writing together for twenty years or more. 

Such groups are the steady backbone of poetry. It is they – not the major prizes, the big festivals and the creative writing degrees – who really keep the flame of poetry alight, and it is in the rich soil of their  steady commitment that we look for our future great poets.  

It is with particular pleasure that I commend their most recent anthology, with its adventurous writing and its individual, carefully crafted poems. These are poems that wear the right clothes: poems that have something worth saying, and say it with the economy and grace and freshness of the genuinely creative.

We have carried out a number of readings, to promote our new collection The Nettle Trick. In September we read at the Oriel Davies gallery, Newtown. In October, we came back tot he excellent new village hall at Lydbury North. 


On November 3 we’ll be part of the Poetry Lounge, at the Boar’s Head, Ludlow. Further readings are planned for Shrewsbury and Much Wenlock, but we’d be happy to consider further invitations or suggestions.