Past Events

Poetry on Loan at Bridgnorth Library

Date: April 9, 2024
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: Bridgnorth Library, Hightown, Bridgnorth

Emma Purshouse MCs and shares some of her poems at this Poetry on Loan event featuring Post Card Poet, Jeff Phelps, and Fresh Poet Prize Winner, Iris Briscoe.

Free to attend.


Script Haven featuring Emma Purshouse and Steve Pottinger

Date: March 15, 2024
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Script Haven, 104 High Street, Worcester WR1 2HW

Black Country poets Steve Pottinger and Emma Purshouse head to Worcester to share their work at the lovely Script Haven Bookshop.

Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

Grand Plans with Emma Purshouse and Steve Pottinger

Date: March 10, 2024
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: The Sair, Linthwaite, Huddersfield HD7 5SG

Emma Purshouse and Steve Pottinger are featured poets at Grand Plans.  This is a pay as you feel event.

Performance Poetry and Scriveners

Date: March 9, 2024
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: Scriveners Books and Bookbinding, 42 High St, Buxton SK17 6HB

Join Emma Purshouse and Steve Pottinger for an intimate evening of performance poetry.

Spaces are limited so do make sure  you email to book in advance.



Women of Words – Celebrate International Women’s Day with Stoke-on-Trent Libraries

Date: March 8, 2024
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Location: Longton Library, Sutherland Institute, Lightwood Road; Longton; Stoke-on-Trent ST3 4HY
Dawn Jutton is the current Staffordshire Poet Laureate and has already proved to be an exceptional poet.
Emma Purshouse is a poetry slam champion and performs regularly at spoken word nights and festivals across the UK, sometimes using her native Black Country dialect. She was the first Poet Laureate for the City of Wolverhampton.
Gabriella Gay is a Trinidad born, Staffordshire resident page-stage poet and the founding member of Stoke’s Roaming Poets and Kwanzaa Collective UK.
These superb poets will be sharing works that celebrate what it is to be a woman.
This is a free event for adults. Tickets are free but should be booked in advance by contacting any Stoke-on-Trent Library – or sending us a message via our social media channels.
Refreshments (tea, coffee, hot chocolate will be provided).

Emma Purshouse and Steve Pottinger Performance Poetry Showcase

Date: March 4, 2024
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Organised by Keele University’s Creative Writing Department, Keele Hall Readings take place during the academic year in the beautiful Keele Hall.

Featuring Emma Purshouse and Steve Pottinger.

Poetry Pass the Parcel – As part of Wolverhampton Literature Festival Fringe Room

Date: February 3, 2024
Time: 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Location: Arena Theatre, Wulfruna Street, Wolverhampton WV1 1SE

Poets, Prattlers, and Pandemonialists bring their improvised poetry show to Wolverhampton Literature Festival Fringe Room.

Join us for an improvised poetry show. Taking a random theme from the audience, one of the Poets, Prattlers, and Pandemonialists (Emma, Steve or Dave) step forward to deliver a piece of their poetry that links to this… and then the others follow on, creating a poetry chain of thought. Sometimes members of the audience join in! It’s fast-paced, manic and some of the links are tenuous to say the least but it’s an immense amount of fun for audiences and poets alike.

Emma Purshouse and Steve Pottinger at Well Spoken

Date: January 11, 2024
Time: 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location: Doncaster Brewery and Tap, 5 Young Street, Doncaster DN1 3EL

Emma and Steve will performing a set of poetry each at Well Spoken.

Virtual Voices – with Offa’s Press

Date: October 28, 2023
Time: 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Location: Zoom

Virtual Voices for October will feature Karen Evans, Fraser Scott, Emma Purshouse, and Jeff Phelps.

Runcible Spoon Open Mic Bonanza

Date: October 24, 2023
Time: 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location: The Carriers Arms, 38 Glen Road, Morley, Leeds LS27 9HG

Emma will be performing poetry alongside Steve Pottinger, John McCullough, and Jamie H Scrutton aka Hattie Go Lucky.

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