Past Events

Yes, We Cant

Date: 5th January 2020

Time: 7.00pm

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

Poets, Prattlers, and Pandemonialists present their ever popular spoken word night.
We are delighted that our January headliner is the truly wonderful Liz Berry. The proceeds from this event will be given to Black Country Women’s Aid. As ever the night is a pay as you feel event, but you will need to reserve a seat in advance. Get in touch for more information.

The ‘alf ender slot will be taken by Nick Pearson who is published by Offa’s Press.

10 open mic slots available. These are a strict five minutes. We will be drawing names from a hat to see who gets those. Again do get in touch if would like to be in the running for one of those.

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.

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.