Words & Wordsmiths

This year’s Ironbridge Festival of the Imagination presents some of the most exciting poetry from the region and introduces new talents to the wider audience

This year we have an innovation, the Poetry Competition, and a greater diversity of poets than in previous years. We also have an exciting poetry writing workshop on ‘birds’

With voices from the Caribbean to the Punjab, via English landscape poets and bridge-building international writers, plus the annual Slam, you’ll find something to enjoy and tell your friends about. If you love live poetry there’s something here for you.

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Poetry - Women Laureates

Category: Words & Wordsmiths

Date & Time: 19:30 - 21:00 on Fri 16 Sep 2022

Venue: Maws Craft Centre

Partner: Offa’s Press

Wolverhampton’s finest Emma Purshouse & Kuli Kohli perform their entertaining and relatable poetry in the Courtyard at Maws Craft Centre.


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Poetry - Poetry of the English Landscape

Category: Words & Wordsmiths

Date & Time: 14:30 - 16:00 on Sat 17 Sep 2022

Venue: The Water Rat Inn

Partner: Offa’s Press

A celebration of England’s varied landscapes, from Wiltshire to the Lake District via Cannock Chase, with Jeff Phelps, Cherry Doyle & John Sewell.


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Poetry - Poets at Work

Category: Words & Wordsmiths

Date & Time: 17:00 - 18:00 on Sat 17 Sep 2022

Venue: The All Nations Inn

Tickets: Free Entry

Partner: Offa’s Press

New poets, Tom Allsopp, Anne Babbs & Fraser Scott from the West Midlands reflect on life, work, love & everything.


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Poetry - Bingham & Woodall

Category: Words & Wordsmiths

Date & Time: 20:00 - 21:00 on Thu 22 Sep 2022

Venue: The All Nations Inn

Tickets: Free Entry

Partner: Offa’s Press

David Bingham and John Woodall entertain with their wonderfully imaginative poetry. Travel with them to magical places and surreal landscapes.



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Poetry - Island Fusion

Category: Words & Wordsmiths

Date & Time: 12:00 - 13:00 on Sat 24 Sep 2022

Venue: The Bolthole Cafe

Partner: Offa’s Press

Join us for an hour of entertaining and moving poetry with Gracey Bee and Kenton Samuels. These 'New Voices' poets with a Caribbean hinterland will enchant us through poetry and stories.
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Poetry - International Voices

Category: Words & Wordsmiths

Date & Time: 14:30 - 16:00 on Sat 24 Sep 2022

Venue: The Water Rat Inn

Partner: Offa’s Press

'International Voices' brings together Basir Sultan Kazmi, Debjani Chatterjee and Simon Fletcher, poets who've been building bridges together and delighting audiences across Britain and abroad for 25 years. If you enjoy multi-lingual, multicultural poetry then you're in for a treat. Urdu and other language content will be translated into English.

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Poetry - Writing Workshop

Poetry - Writing Workshop

Category: Words & Wordsmiths

Date & Time: 14:00 - 17:00 on Sun 25 Sep 2022

Venue: The Water Rat Inn

Partner: Offa’s Press

Poetry Writing Workshop on ‘birds’ with Kuli Kohli & Simon Fletcher. Meet (and end) at the ‘Water Rat’ in Ironbridge.
We'll be walking upstream on the lookout for riverbank birds including wagtails, herons, wild duck and kingfishers. There will be a final re-drafting session and sharing of poetry back at the pub.
Maximum numbers are 12 so book early to secure your place.

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Poetry - Punjabi Women's Writers' Group

Category: Words & Wordsmiths

Date & Time: 14:30 - 16:00 on Sat 01 Oct 2022

Venue: The Bolthole Cafe

Partner: Offa’s Press

These sparkling writers including Kuli Kohli, Santosh K. Dary, Priyanka Joshi and Parveen Brigue will share their extraordinary stories of personal conflict, overcoming society's expectations, amazing achievement and love. Join us for an entertaining and surprising poetry event.

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Poetry - Poetry Slam

Poetry - Poetry Slam

Category: Words & Wordsmiths

Date & Time: 20:00 - 23:00 on Sat 01 Oct 2022

Venue: Telford Theatre @ Ironbridge – Salon Perdu

Partner: Poets, Prattlers, and Pandemonialists

Join Poets, Prattlers, and Pandemonialists for the Ironbridge Festival Poetry Slam 2022. Dave Pitt, Emma Purshouse and Steve Pottinger MC as 15 poets go head to head in a live poetry competition. Expect fast-moving, high-energy entertainment. Expect whooping, cheering, and hollering as the judges make decisions based upon the quality of the writing, the performance skills of the poet and the audience response! Let battle commence.

Ironbridge Festival will be holding a poetry slam as part of the festivities for this year. A poetry slam is a live poetry competition where poets compete against each other, usually over three rounds. Judges are picked at random from the audience, and scores are based upon the quality of the writing, the delivery, and the response of the crowd. The festival slam will be MCd by Dave Pitt, Emma Purshouse, and Steve Pottinger from the Wolverhampton based arts collective 'Poets, Prattlers, and Pandemonialists'. The winner of the slam will get a paid gig at the following year's festival. Emma Purshouse said, 'We're delighted to have been asked to host this event. We often get poets from all over the country coming forward to take part in our slams, so it's going to be an exciting evening.'
If you would like to take part contact poetsprattlerspandemonialists@gmail.com for more information.

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