Past Events

Sounds About Write – Sheffield

Date: May 16, 2024
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Sheffield Plate, Orchard Square, Sheffield S1 2FB

Emma Purshouse and Steve Pottinger are featured poets for ‘Sounds About Write’.

Emma Purshouse visits Brierley Hill Library Book Group

Date: April 22, 2024
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Location: Brierley Hill Library, 122 High Street, Brierley Hill, DY5 3ET.

Emma will be talking about her novel ‘Dogged’ with the book group at Brierley Hill Library.

If you would like to read the book with your book group then Emma is happy to pay a visit to local groups or Zoom in to those groups who might be further afield.

Tavern in the Town Oral History Project Exhibtion

Start date: April 19, 2024
End date: April 21, 2024
Time: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location: Mander Centre Community Hub, Wolverhampton City Centre

Emma has been working with Poets, Prattlers, and Pandemonialists on a National Lottery Heritage funded project based on the legendary rock pub The Tavern in the Town which was located in Queen Square in Wolverhampton.  Come along to the Mander Centre Community Hub and see the portraits of our interviewees and pick up your free newspaper.  If you’ve got memories to share we’d love to hear them.


Getting Gobby in the Lobby

Date: April 17, 2024
Time: 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Location: The Lobby 1867, Westgate, Wakefield WF1 1EP

Getting Gobby in the Lobby features Emma Purshouse, Steve Pottinger and Aamina Khan.

Open mic slots of 4 minutes are available.  Email to grab yours.



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.

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