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Tuesday July 2 : Poetry Readers at the Bolthole Cafe

Poetry Readers at the Bolthole Cafe, the Wharfage, Ironbridge, TF8 7AW 2-4pm. The theme is ‘Funny’.

Free event. For more info contact Simon:

Tuesday July 2 : Poetry Alight

Cherry Doyle is reading at Poetry Alight, 7.30pm at The Duke of York, Greenhill, Lichfield, WS13 6DY.
Entry £3.

Wednesday July 3 : An Evening with Kuli Kohli at Press Books & Coffee – CANCELLED

Sorry, folks, the event is cancelled owing to circumstances beyond our control. To be rearranged at some point.

An Evening with Kuli Kohli at Press Books & Coffee, 42, Market Street, Hednesford, WS12 1AG, 7.30-8.30pm. Kuli will be talking to her publisher, Simon Fletcher, about her extraordinary life and reading some wonderful poems.

Saturday July 6 : Simon at Poetry Jam

Simon will be sharing some of his environmental poetry at Poetry Jam, the Bolthole, Ironbridge, TF8 7BJ, 7-10pm.

Tickets £8 in advance available at or £10 on the door.

Wednesday July 10 : ‘Words ‘n’ Birds’

‘Words ‘n’ Birds’ – Poetry and Papercraft with Jane Seabourne at Tettenhall Library, Upper St., Tettenhall, Wolverhampton WV6 8QF, 11am-1pm.

This is a free event.

Saturday July 13 : Poetry Workshop & Poetry Reading

Poetry Workshop & Poetry Reading: Environment, Image and Message

Times: Workshop 2-4pm & Reading, 5-6pm, at Footprint Gallery, Fusion Building, Jackfield Tile Museum, Church Road, Jackfield, Telford TF8 7AP, with David Bingham & Simon Fletcher plus Cherry Doyle who’ll be joining us to read from her recent Offa’s Press collection, The Taste of Rain.

This exciting workshop will encourage poets to collect images from the local environs and think about how best to get their messages across in this time of ‘nature crisis’ and ‘climate crisis’. How can we write poetry about the current issues and what’s going on now?

Workshoppers will be encouraged to take photos on the gentle walk and these will be made into prints by artist Rod Sheppard, one to be kept and one added to a gallery display. Those attending would be expected to read their work with Simon, David and Cherry at the 5pm event.

Workshop tickets £10. For the poetry reading only, 5-6pm, tickets are £4 on the door. Car parking if available – £1 an hour. For more details and to register interest please contact Simon:

Saturday July 13 : Black Country Day Poetry

To celebrate Black Country Day local poets and story writers meet at Penn Library, Wolverhampton, 3-4pm, including Marion Cockin, Anne Babbs, Fraser Scott, Margaret Lampitt & Jill Tromans.

Free event. All welcome.

Saturday July 13 : ‘Poetry & Pastries’

‘Poetry & Pastries’ Emma Purshouse will be performing a set of poetry as part of the Crysse Morrison Prize for Poetry Prizegiving event at Bistro Lotte, 23 Catherine St., Frome, BA11 1DB, 3.30-5pm.

For tickets, head to the festival website…

‘City Voices’ Change of date!

This event has been put back one week to Tuesday 16 July owing to circumstances beyond our control. The line up will be Yvette Rose, David Bingham, Anna Wilson, Steve Harrison and Cherry Doyle. The venue is still the Lych Gate, Queen Square, Wolverhamptpon, WV1 1HT. 7.30-9pm.

Tickets £5 on the door.

Saturday July 20 : ‘Country Voices’

‘Country Voices’ with Sharon Ashton, Simon Fletcher & Kuli Kohli at the ‘Water Rat’, Buildwas Road, Ironbridge, TF8 7BJ, 2.30-4pm. MC David Bingham.

Tickets £5 on the door.

Saturday July 20 : Poetry on Demand

Steve Pottinger and Emma Purshouse will be writing Poetry on Demand at Caldmore Community Garden, 12 Carless Street, Walsall WS1 3RH, 12-4pm.

Gracey Bee will also be there en-couraging people to create poems of their own to hang on the ‘Poet Tree’.

Monday July 22 : Border Poets

John Sewell will be reading at a Border Poets event in Warden Court, St David’s St., Presteigne, LD8 2BP, at 7pm.

Details from:

Saturday July 27 : ‘Virtual Voices’

‘Virtual Voices’ 5-6.30pm, with Jean Atkin, Chris Collins & Ros Woolner. Zoom event hosted by Cherry Doyle and Kuli Kohli. Pay-as-you-feel event with contributions welcome at Offas Press Shop.


Saturday August 3 : Poetry writing walk

Simon will be leading a poetry writing walk, 10.30-1pm, from the car park at the Bog Visitor Centre, The Bog, Stiperstones, Shrewsbury, SY5 0NG up to the Cranberry Rocks.

Expect to see ravens and kites, heather, bilberries and rare moths and butterflies. Please wear sensible clothing as the terrain is rugged. The Bog Visitor Centre has a wonderful cafe.

The theme for the walk will be ‘moorland life’. Tickets £12/ £10. To register interest and/or for more info contact Simon.

Sunday August 4 : ‘Offa’s Poets at Waterstones’, Wolverhampton

Join Marion Cockin, Jane Seabourne, Kuli Kohli and Simon Fletcher for an enjoyable poetry reading at Waterstones, 13-15 Victoria Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 3NP, 2-3pm.

Free event. All welcome.