Poetry Alight, Lichfield

Date: 3rd December 2019

Time: 7.30pm - 10.00pm

Location: The King's Head, 21 Bird Street, Lichfield WS13 6PW

Emma Purshouse is a featured performer at Poetry Alight for the December event.

£2 entry with free raffle tickets - to win a poetry book prize.
Sign up for 3 min. open mic nights on the night.


Emma Purshouse leads a workshop for Tipton Writers

Date: 14th December 2019

Time: 10.30 am - 12 noon

Location: Tipton Library, Owen House, 17 Unity Walk, Tipton. DY4 8QL.

All are welcome to join this free writing workshop at Tipton Library.


Mouth Pieces

Date: 6th December 2019

Time: 7.00pm

Location: The Harvester, Boldmere Road, Sutton Coldfield. B73 5UP

Emma Purshouse will be a featured poet at December's Mouth Pieces in Sutton Coldfield.


Chesterfield Labour Club

Date: 30th November 2019

Time: 8.00pm

Location: Chesterfield Labour Club 113 Saltergate, Chesterfield S40 1NF

The Independent Electric Group holds their poetry night with guest slots from Steve Pottinger and Emma Purshouse.


The Caffe Grande Slam

Date: 28th November 2019

Time: 7.00 pm

Location: Caffe Grande, Stone Street, Dudley DY1 1NS

Emma Purhouse will be a featured artists at the November event.


Reuse, reduce, recycle creative writing workshop

Date: 27th November 2019

Time: 10.30 am - 12 noon

Location: Lichfield Cathedral, The Close, Lichfield WS13 7LD

Join Emma Purshouse for this fun writing workshop in conjunction with Lichfield Cathedral. Create stories and poetry that makes use of newspaper stories, magazine articles and old books. £5 per ticket.




Date: 26th November 2019

Time: 7.00pm - 9.30pm

Location: Arena Theatre, Wulfruna Street, Wolvehampton. WV1 1SE.

Open mic night MCd by Emma Purshouse, Dave Pitt and Steve Pottinger. All welcome. In the first half people read creative writing written on a theme. This month it’s ‘Social Media’. In the second half anything goes. Come along and share your work.


The Shrewsbury Literature Festival Poetry Cafe

Date: 24th November 2019

Time: 11.00am - 12.30pm

Location: The Greenhouse, 1 Milk St, Shrewsbury SY1 1SZ

The SFL Poetry Cafe
with Nellie Cole, Kuli Kohli and Emma Purshouse

Tickets: Full £10.00 U21s £6.00

Offa's Press is dedicated to publishing and promoting the best in contemporary West Midland poetry and poets. This year's Poetry Cafe features three such poets, Nellie Cole, Kuli Kohli and Emma Purshouse.

Nellie Cole was born in 1996 in the Black Country. She began writing poetry while studying at the University of Birmingham. Since then her work has appeared online and in print, in anthologies This is Not Your Final Form (The Emma Press, 2017) & The Poetry of the Black Country (Offa’s Press 2017)

Nellie's collection, Bella, is a work which blends factual evidence with folklore, superstition, hearsay and the imagination,these poems explore the Worcestershire murder mystery ‘Who Put Bella in the Wych Elm?’

She works as a poetry workshop leader and mentor.

Kuli Kohli was born in Uttar Pradesh in India but has lived in England since 1973. A council worker in Wolverhampton, she is married with 3 children and helps to run Blakenhall Writers’ group. She’s written a novel, Dangerous Games, about living with cerebral palsy in an Asian family, as yet unpublished, and writes a blog for Disability Arts Online: http://disabilityarts.online

Like the best patchwork quilts from India and England, Kuli Kohli’s Patchwork has vivid colours, homespun originality and a variety of subjects and forms of poetry. This is a promising debut collection by a Wolverhampton Punjabi writer.

Emma Purshouse is a lively and original performance poet. She is a slam winner and regularly performs at spoken word venues and literature festivals across the country. Emma has had short stories and poetry published in various anthologies and small press magazines. She has an MA in Creative Writing. Emma is part of the Poets, Prattlers and Pandemonialists Collective alongside Dave Pitt and Steve Pottinger and they have hosted the SFL Poetry Slam for the last 2 years and will be doing so again this year.

Emma's first full collection from Offa's Press, Close, is a closely observed, wonderfully humane study of a community somewhere in the Black Country

Tickets are available here http://www.shrewsburylitfest.co.uk/events/event/56/


The Third Shrewsbury Festival of Literature Poetry Slam

Date: 23rd November 2019

Time: 4.00pm - 6.30pm

Location: The Hive, 5 Belmont, Shrewsbury SY1 1TE

The SFL Poetry Slam is an absolute blast! 15 (or thereabouts) incredible performers share their work and are then judged, in heats, by the audience. This is a competition ( you have 3 minutes ). A full on, explosive competiton. And it is a huge amount of fun. So don't miss it this year...

2017's Festival saw the first SFL Poetry Slam and the winner was Brenda Read Brown, who won an opportunity to perform at last year's Festival. She hosted the Poetry Brunch and was, once again, a great success.

2018's winner, Jason N Smith, will be performing at this year's Festival in support of Friday's headline act - Dean Atta.

2019's winner is, as yet, unknown but they will also have the chance to perform at next year's Festival.

The whole shebang is masterminded by the Poets, Prattlers and Pandemonialist Collective.

Tickets are £10 (£6 for under 21) available from


Satellite of Love, Bristol

Date: 13th November 2019

Time: 8.30pm

Location: The Greenbank, 57 Bellevue Rd, Easton, BS5 6DP.

Wednesday 13th November with feature poets Tom Sastry and Emma Purshouse. Open mic slots available. Free event. Welcome to amazing poetry spoken words, candlelight and warm snug atmosphere .