The SFL Poetry Cafe
with Nellie Cole, Kuli Kohli and Emma Purshouse
Tickets: Full £10.00 U21s £6.00
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Offa's Press is dedicated to publishing and promoting the best in contemporary West Midland poetry and poets. This year's Poetry Cafe features three such poets, Nellie Cole, Kuli Kohli and Emma Purshouse.
Nellie Cole was born in 1996 in the Black Country. She began writing poetry while studying at the University of Birmingham. Since then her work has appeared online and in print, in anthologies This is Not Your Final Form (The Emma Press, 2017) & The Poetry of the Black Country (Offa’s Press 2017)
Nellie's collection, Bella, is a work which blends factual evidence with folklore, superstition, hearsay and the imagination,these poems explore the Worcestershire murder mystery ‘Who Put Bella in the Wych Elm?’
She works as a poetry workshop leader and mentor.
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. She’s written a novel, Dangerous Games, about living with cerebral palsy in an Asian family, as yet unpublished, and writes a blog for Disability Arts Online: http://disabilityarts.online
Like the best patchwork quilts from India and England, Kuli Kohli’s Patchwork has vivid colours, homespun originality and a variety of subjects and forms of poetry. This is a promising debut collection by a Wolverhampton Punjabi writer.
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. Emma has had short stories and poetry published in various anthologies and small press magazines. She has an MA in Creative Writing. Emma is part of the Poets, Prattlers and Pandemonialists Collective alongside Dave Pitt and Steve Pottinger and they have hosted the SFL Poetry Slam for the last 2 years and will be doing so again this year.
Emma's first full collection from Offa's Press, Close, is a closely observed, wonderfully humane study of a community somewhere in the Black Country.