Past Events


Date: July 20, 2021
Time: 7.30 pm - 9.30 pm
Location: Zoom

Poets, Prattlers, and Pandemonialists present there irregular event ‘Home and Away’ – the internationals.

Featuring Kevin McLean, Katie Ailes, Bex Sherwood  as the Scottish away team

Dave Pitt, Steve Pottinger, and Emma Purshouse as The Black Country the home team.

5 minute feature slots from Lorraine Boyce, Sheryl McMahon, and Daniel Kay.

This will be a pay as you feel event.


Black Country Day, Ay It

Date: July 14, 2021
Time: 3.30 pm - 4.30 pm
Location: Zoom

Join poets Heather Wastie and Emma Purshouse for an informal, online, afternoon celebration of Black Country Day.  3.30pm – 4.30pm.

Bring a Black Country poem of your own to read, or one by someone else, or simply come and listen. There will be poems and a song or two.  Zoom event. DM Heather or Emma for a link, or email

Done and dusted in time for tae!

Get a Word in Online – Thursday 8th July 2021

Date: July 8, 2021
Time: 8.00pm - 10pm
Location: Online

Get a Word in Online

Thursday 8th July 2021, 8-10 PM

Tickets are £5 and available here

Emma Purshouse, Dan Keding, Rien Van Meensel, and a further artist to be anounced, plus Cath’s Cupboard of Customs.

Emma Purshouse

Emma Purshouse is currently the Poet Laureate for the City of Wolverhampton. She is an award winning writer who writes for both children and adults. Her most recent poetry collection is ‘Close’ (Offa’s Press). Her first novel ‘Dogged’ (Iginite Books) was published early in 2021. Emma has performed her work at spoken word nights and festivals across the UK.

Dan Keding

Internationally acclaimed American storyteller, member of America’s storytelling ‘Circle of Excellence’. Dan has published a host of award-winning folk tales collections and tells a mixture of personal stories and traditional stories from around the world, including traditional stories that his grandmother brought to this country from Croatia. A well-respected ballad singer, he accompanies himself on guitar, banjo and spoons.

Rien Van Meensel

Rien Van Meensel is a multi-lingual storyteller, who has told throughout Europe. She has been working with Get A Word In Edgeways on our schools programme, teaching children French through story and inspiring hundreds of Shropshire children with the fun of playing with words, culture and language.

Cath’s Cupboard of Customs

Each month Cath’s Cupboard of Customs will highlight some traditions, lore and customs that are in keeping with the time of year.


Verbalise featuring Emma Purshouse

Date: June 26, 2021
Time: 7.30 pm
Location: Zoom

Start 7.30pm  | Pay What You Decide | On Zoom

Join us for our spoken word open mic night. Sign up and take part or sit back and enjoy a feast of words!

This month our guest is Wolverhampton poet laureate and novelist Emma Purshouse.

Emma’s poetry is fantastic, as is her first novel Dogged. The storyline, characters, dialogue and comedy make this debut novel a must-read! Come and hear Emma’s poems, and maybe an extract from Dogged! Emma’s website is:

Please email to book your open mic spot of up to 4 mins including introductions. Please include your poems/stories typed in a Word document so this can be screen shared during your performance.

Tickets – Please donate to the Verbalise Paypal pool:

Zoom link:

Meeting ID: 846 9197 0193

Passcode: 990771

Yes, We Cant

Date: June 6, 2021
Time: 7.30 pm
Location: Online
Poets, Prattlers, and Pandemonialists present ‘Yes, We Cant’.  This event will take place live on Zoom.  Our featured performers are Holly Magill as our ‘Alf Ender, and we have Sophie Sparham as our headliner.  7.30pm. Pay as you Feel.
Email to get your Zoom link.

Welshpool Poetry Festival – Headline Poets Jonathan Edwards and Emma Purshouse

Date: June 5, 2021
Time: 6.30 pm - 8.00 pm
Location: Church House, Church Bank, Welshpool, SY21 7DP

6.30-8 Poetry Showcase with our Headline Poets Jonathan Edwards & Emma Purshouse – limited to 30 tickets – £8 including free drink (wine or soft drink).  This is an in person event as opposed to online.

Come along and hear the results of the Open Competition and enjoy two contrasting poets, each outstanding with their own unique delivery and writing style. One thing these poets share is a talent for honing in on what it is to be vulnerable and human, on the everyday miracles and madness of life in their particular special parts of the world. We’re in for a treat!

Booking link…

Yes, We Cant

Date: June 4, 2021
Time: 7.30 pm - 9.30 pm
Location: on Zoom
Poets, Prattlers, and Pandemonialists present ‘Yes, We Cant’.  This event will take place live on Zoom.  Our featured performers are Gill Lambert as our ‘Alf Ender, and we have Mark ‘Mister T’ Thompson as our headliner.  7.30pm. Pay as you Feel.
Email to get your Zoom link.

Free Writing Workshops in conjunction with Creative Black Country and The Black Country Living Museum

Date: May 29, 2021
Time: Various throughout the day
Location: Online

Emma will be part of the Poets, Prattlers and Pandemonialists team leading a serious of Free online workshops as part of Creative Black Country’s ‘F Words’ project, working with people across communities to focus on fun, fabulous, feel-good ideas that bring people together. Find out more at

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The Midlands in Writing – chaired by Kit de Waal

Date: May 26, 2021
Time: 7.00pm
Location: Online
Lisa Blower (award-winning short story writer: Sitting Ducks; It’s Gone Dark Over Bill’s Mother’s; Pondweed) and Emma Purshouse (Common People anthology; Dogged) bring the Midlands to the page in their latest novels Pondweed and Dogged.
Brimming with unlikely heroes and the voices of working-class people from the Black Country and Stoke-on-Trent, their books bring the accents and dialects from across the Midlands to an audience not used to hearing it, nor seeing it on the page.
Lisa and Emma will be in conversation with Kit de Waal, author and campaigner for more representation of working-class writers in literature and the publishing industry.
Wednesday 26 May 2021
7pm – 8pm
Online via Zoom Webinar
Tickets: £5 per household
Live captioning and Q&A available

Booking link…

Virtual Voices

Date: May 11, 2021
Time: 7.30pm
Location: On Zoom

‘Virtual Voices’, 7.30-9pm, with Veronica Shepherd, Tom Allsopp, Kerry Hadley, John Woodall & Emma Purshouse who will be reading from her novel Dogged.

This is a free event but contributions may be made via the Paypal button on the Offa’s Press ‘shop’ page.

Go here for a link to watch the online event…

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