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Friday 29 April : ‘Mouth Pieces’

Emma Purshouse and Priyanka Joshi will be among the performers at ‘Mouth Pieces’ – a Shakespearean spoken word special, 8 – 10 pm, Highbury Theatre, Sheffield Road, Sutton Coldfield B73 5HD.

Free event.


Poet of the Month

During May Simon Fletcher will be ‘Poet of the Month’ for The Seventh Quarry magazine, Swansea.

Thursday May 5 : Jeff Phelps Reading

Jeff Phelps will be reading at Shrewsbury Poetry online. Free event starting at 7.30pm.

Contact Jean Atkin for the Zoom link:

Tuesday May 10 : ‘Virtual Voices’

With Parveen Brigue, Fraser Scott, Jood Gough, Garrie Fletcher & Marion Cockin, 7.30-9pm. Stories and poems from the West Midlands! MC Simon Fletcher. Contributions welcome via Offa’s online shop.


Thursday May 12 : Michael W. Thomas Reading

Michael W. Thomas will be reading from ‘Under Smoky Light’ on the theme of ‘the gust of time’. This Zoom event is part of the Wenlock Books ‘Poetry Breakfast’ series. If you want to attend you’re asked to log on after 8.30am for a 9am start.

For the link contact Anna Dreda on

Saturday May 21 : ‘Country Voices’

With Jill Tromans, Peter Sutton & Emma Purshouse, 2.30-4pm. A great afternoon of poetry and stories at the Water Rat, Buildwas Road, Ironbridge, TF8 7BJ. MC Simon Fletcher.

Tickets £5 on the door.

Saturday June 4 : Away with the Birds Workshop

Poetry Writing Workshop at Pant on the theme of ‘birds’ with Kuli Kohli and Simon Fletcher. We’ll be sharing ways to write poetry about birds (symbolic, metaphorical and ecological) and the workshop will include a short walk in the nearby nature reserve.

Meet at Pant village hall, Pant, near Oswestry, Shropshire, SY10 9QG, 10am-4pm. Bring your own lunch and sensible clothing. A pair of binoculars would be good, also. Refreshments will be provided.

Tickets £25/£20. There is ample parking at the hall. For more info please email:

Kuli Kohli was a keen member of the Young Ornithologists’ Club as a child and is now an RSPB supporter. Simon’s a member of the Shropshire Wildlife Trust.