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The Poetry of the Black Country

Edited by Emma Purshouse and Dave Reeves

To be published by Offa’s Press autumn 2017.


If you are interested in developing your poetry writing about the Black Country, Emma Purshouse will be running workshops to support anthology submissions on the following dates:

  • Saturday 8 April at Tipton Library, Owen House 17 Unity Walk, Tipton, DY4 8QL, 11am-1pm. Free event.
  • Thursday, 11th May at 7.30pm at the Broadway North Centre, Broadway, Walsall, WS1 2QA. Free event.
  • Plus Sunday 16 July at 3pm at Katie Fitzgerald’s, 187 Enville Street, Stourbridge DY8 3TB. Part of the Stourbridge Literature Festival. Tickets £3.

Submissions Window June 1 –July 23. Please send up to 6 poems (maximum of 150 lines in total) by post to Offa’s Press, 2, Ferndale, Pant, Oswestry, Shropshire, SY10 9QD. Please include a brief biographical note (up to 50 words) and keep copies of the poems sent. Include SSAE if you want work returned.

Offa’s Press hopes to be able to respond to all submissions within a few weeks but if you haven’t heard anything by August 31 then you can assume your submission has not been successful.

Publication If your work is accepted for inclusion in the anthology you will receive a free copy of the book plus the option to buy more copies at a reduced rate. You will also be invited to read your work at a launch event in the autumn.