Past Events

Poetry at the Star and Shadow, Newcastle Upon Tyne

Date: 8th December 2019

Time: 12.30 - 2.00pm

Location: The Star and Shadow, Warwick Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE21BB

Join us at lunchtime as two top Midlands performance poets and Newcastle’s own Harry Gallagher perform their work.

The Café is open so have your lunch while you are here.

Emma Purshouse is Wolverhampton’s first ever poet laureate, and an outstanding performer who’s funny, sharp, and outspoken. She is winner of the Making Waves poetry competition (judged by Luke Wright) and her work features in the Common People anthology of working-class writing (edited by Kit de Waal).

Steve Pottinger has performed across the UK, and achieved notoriety when his letter to Caffe Nero, attacking their tax avoidance, went viral. His work is political, satirical, and celebratory.

Harry Gallagher is well-known to poetry lovers in the north-east. He is widely published, with several books and pamphlets to his name. His book ‘Northern Lights’ came with endorsements from John Hegley & Henry Normal. Harry runs the north-east Stanza of the Poetry Society and tours nationwide.

This will be a pay-as-you-feel event, starting at 12.30pm.

One Track Minds at The Sage, Gateshead

Date: 7th December 2019

Time: 7.30pm for 8.00pm start

Location: The Northern Rock Foundation Hall. The Sage, St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR

OneTrackMinds brings its trademark mix of songs and storytelling up to Words Weekend for a celebration of the life-changing power of music.

An engaging cross between Desert Island Discs, TED Talks and The Moth, OneTrackMinds sees five guests share stores about the one song that changed their life – before we play that song to the audience.

“A London institution waiting to happen” – Erica Buist

Our Words Weekend OneTrackMinds line-up will be featuring stories about life-changing songs from historian David Olusoga, journalist Rhik Samadder, performance poets Emma Purshouse and Malik Al-Nasir and playwright and author Cash Carraway.

You’ll laugh, you’ll cry – and you may well find yourself dancing in the aisles…

“This show is like stepping into a warm bath” – Vanessa Kisuule
(incl. 20min interval)

Presented by Words Weekend.

This is a 14+ event. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

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.

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.

Yes, We Cant

Date: 1st December 2019

Time: 7.00pm - 9.30pm

Location: The Pretty Bricks, 5 John Street, Walsall. WS2 8AF

Poets, Prattlers, and Pandemonialists present their ever popular spoken word night.
This month will be our December Christmas party the featured artist is Spoz. We have music from Not Quite Dead Yet, the punk ukelele band! There will be fewer open mic slots as this is a slightly different format for this event. The open mic slots will be drawn from the hat on the night (as ever the slots are a strict five minutes).
This is a pay as you feel event. Come along and join us.

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:

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