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Online Now : ‘Black Country Wonder Woman’

‘Black Country Wonder Woman’ by Kuli Kohli is a commissioned long-form poem exploring the anxiety of giving birth to a premature baby at a time of crisis. With beats and rap verses by her son Akaash. You can listen to the poem here:

Sunday 6 September : ‘Tongue and Talk: The Dialect Poets’

Emma Purshouse will be exploring the Black Country and its poetry to discover why contemporary writers in the region are still using dialect in their work in episode 4 of  ‘Tongue and Talk: The Dialect Poets’ on BBC Radio 4 at 4.30 pm. Includes work from Kuli Kohli and the late Dave Reeves. 

Saturday 12 September : Poetry reading at the Maws Craft Centre

Emma Purshouse, Steve Pottinger, Dave Pitt & Nick Degg poetry reading (7.30-9pm) Outdoors at the Maws Craft Centre, Ferry Rd, Jackfield, Telford TF8 7LS. 7.30-9pm.

Tickets £7.

Sunday 13 September : ‘Japanese’ Poetry’

Enjoy a tranquil hour of ‘Japanese’ poetry with Simon Fletcher, David Bingham & friends, under the willow tree in the garden at the Water Rat, Buildwas Road, Ironbridge, TF8 7BJ, 3-4pm. This event will be socially-distanced. For more information go to:

Tickets £5 from

Saturday 19 September : Poetry Writing Workshop

Poetry Writing Workshop with Simon Fletcher & Jeff Phelps, 2-5pm, on the theme of ‘work’, starting and ending at the Water Rat with read-around in the garden at 4.30. For more information go to:

This workshop will take us from the countryside to the heart of the industrial revolution and the theme of ‘work’, then and now, will be our subject. This will best suit poets with some experience of writing workshops. At the end poets will be expected to share their work with the group at the Water Rat.

Tickets £12 from

Saturday 19 September : Kuli Kohli & the Punjabi Women Poets

Kuli Kohli & the Punjabi Women Poets (2-3pm) Socially-distanced at The Anstice Building, Park Avenue, Madeley, Telford, TF7 5BB.

Tickets £5.

Saturday 26 September : Simon Fletcher ‘Poet on Loan’ walk

Simon Fletcher ‘Poet on Loan’ walk, 11am-1pm, starting from Madeley library at the Anstice Building, Park Avenue, Madeley, Telford, TF7 5BB . Free event but numbers limited to 8, first come first served.

Simon will lead a ‘poetry walk’ including the reading of topical and/ or well-known poems in the Madeley/ Ironbridge area. If you like a gentle walk and poetry this is for you. For more information go to: Sponsored by Poetry on Loan.

Saturday 26 September : ‘Afternoon Poetry’

‘Afternoon Poetry’ (Jane Seabourne, Nick Pearson & Marion Cockin) The Anstice Building, 3-4pm.

‘Poetry on Loan’ supported.

Free event.

Saturday 26 September : The Slam

The Slam, 7.30pm, run by Poets, Prattlers & Pandemonialists. This year’s slam will be online and if you want to take part you’ll need to express an interest by midnight on 30th August. For more info go to: