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Offa’s Press Poets

Below are details of the poets published by Offa’s Press. Click on their respective links for more information and contact details.

Tom Allsopp Tom Allsopp is from Hednesford, Staffordshire. He has taught English, Drama, Film and Media Studies in Staffordshire for sixteen years. A lifelong performer, Tom performed stand-up comedy for a number of years before deciding to concentrate on poetry. Read more…

Anne Babbs
Anne is a poet from the Black Country. She is a member of Bilston Writers’ Group. Her poems are both observational and reflective and are filled with a deep sense of social awareness, emotional attachment and a dry sense of humour. Read more…

Gracey Bee
Gracey Bee was born in Montego Bay, Jamaica, and is a performance poet, book club and creative writing workshop facilitator, and poetry event host. She works as a storyteller in schools, libraries and at literature festivals. Read more…

David Bingham
David lives in Ironbridge, Telford, and has been writing for many years. A retired Humanities teacher, he has a Diploma in Creative Writing from Birmingham University and is currently editor of Blithe Spirit magazine. Read more…

Marion Cockin
Marion Cockin was born in Wednesbury in the Black Country and has been writing since the age of 7. Her work speaks of her love for the Black Country and zest for life. Read more…

Nellie Cole
Nellie Cole was born in 1996 in the Black Country. She began writing poetry while studying at the University of Birmingham. She works as a poetry workshop leader and mentor. Read more…

Bo Crowder
Bo enjoys attending and performing at poetry readings and is a founder member of the Staffordshire Poetry Stanza. Euphony is his first poetry collection. Read more…

Cherry Doyle
Cherry Doyle was born in Shrewsbury and now lives on Cannock Chase AONB in Staffordshire, whose landscapes and wildlife provide inspiration for much of her poetry. Read more…

Santosh K Dary
Santosh K Dary is a member of the Punjabi Women’s Writers’ Group and has read her stories at the Wolverhampton and Ironbridge Literature Festivals. She finds inspiration from the simplicity and thought-provoking images used by Emily Dickinson and Bulleh Shah. Read more…

Bert Flitcroft
Bert Flitcroft is an experienced and accomplished poet who for some time has been quietly and unassumingly spreading the poetry word in the Midlands – at workshops, as a teacher and mentor, as poet-in-residence and so on. Read more…

Priyanka Joshi
Priyanka Joshi is a London-born Wolverhampton-based performance poet. Having ventured onto the spoken word stage just three years ago, she has gone on to become a multi slam champion, poetry headliner and placed 3rd in the UK Slam championships in March 2022. Read more…

Kuli Kohli
Kuli Kohli was born in Uttar Pradesh in India but has lived in England since 1973. A council worker in Wolverhampton, she is married with 3 children and helps to run Blakenhall Writers’ group. Read more…

Nick Pearson
Nick Pearson is a Forward Prize nominated poet. His poems have inhabited many places, including anthologies, magazines, websites, CDs, live performances and the works of artists. Read more…

Jeff Phelps
Jeff Phelps’s work has been published in London Magazine and Critical Quarterly. In 1991 he was the winner of the Mail on Sunday Novel Competition. Fay Weldon described his entry as ‘an intensely attractive piece of writing’Read more…

Emma Purshouse
Emma Purshouse is a lively and original performance poet.  She is a slam winner and regularly performs at spoken word venues and literature festivals across the country.  Read more…

Dave Reeves
Dave Reeves has been a well-known poet/ performer around the West Midlands for many years. Formerly the editor of Raw Edge magazine and now presenter of Radio Wildfire’s live literature show his poetry has been widely published and appreciated. Not bad going for a Netherton lad. Read more…

Iris Rhodes
Iris Rhodes was born in Bradley but enjoyed a long career teaching Drama in London and East Africa. Her work is characterised by lyric grace and precise observation. Read more…

Win Saha
At times mocking, at times loving, Win Saha’s poetry is in a long tradition of witty light verse that packs a punch.  Read more…

Kenton Samuels
Wolverhampton born and raised, Kenton Samuels spent several years working as an administrator in a busy office in central Japan, before returning to his home city where he continued to nurture a fascination with the quirks of language. Read more…

Fraser Scott
Fraser grew up in the Brierley Hill area of the Black Country and now lives in Coseley with his partner and their two children. He is a member of Bilston Writers Group and has recently begun to perform his poetry at various local live literature events. Read more…

Jane Seabourne
Jane Seabourne is a writer, editor and teacher. Her collections of poems, Bright Morning and Our Beautiful Scars are published by Offa’s Press.  Read more…

John Sewell
John Sewell was a finalist in the Arvon International Poetry Competition in 1987 and included in Poetry Review’s New British Poets II, 1990. He has had two collections published: The Imbolc Bride (Littlewood Arc) and Bursting The Clouds (Cape). He lives in Shropshire and is a member of Border Poets. Read more…

Michael W. Thomas
Michael W. Thomas is the author of eleven titles of poetry and fiction. His work has appeared in The Antioch Review, Critical Survey, Stand, London Magazine, Raw Edge and The TLS, among others. Read more…

John Woodall
John Woodall lives in Wolverhampton where he reads regularly at ‘City Voices’. He performed at the Wolverhampton Comedy Festival in 2017, the Wolverhampton Original Literature Festival in 2018 and at other events across the region. Read more…

Ros Woolner
Ros Woolner lives in Wolverhampton with her partner and two teenage children. She works as a translator and is a member of Cannon Poets, Bilston Writers and Blakenhall Writers. Read more…