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Join us in April for the very first Stourbridge Literary Festival , with Poetry , spoken word and performance from local and national writers

Plus writing workshops and discussions  . Supporting Amnesty International


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Harry Gallagher 

is a poet from Teesside, author of Heartlines, Chasing the Sunset and How it is. A seasoned performer full of power and beauty. Find out more from  /react-text https://harrygallagherpoet.wordpress.com/


Jane Burn is from the North East and is one of the finest of our contemporary writers. Her first full collection, Nothing More to it than Bubbles, is out now with Indigo Dreams Press, she's also author of two earlier chapbooks, Fat Around the Middle and Tongues of Fire. More info at  /react-text http://www.indigodreams.co.uk/jane-burn/4593090960


Russ Litten, is a writer from Hull and one of the UKs most celebrated Novelists. Author of Scream If You Want To Go Faster, Swear Down and Kingdom. Info about Russ can be found at  /react-text http://www.russlitten.com/about/



Lone parent to a cantankerous ring-tailed tomcat who refuses to wear a collar and two wild-haired teenagers who love wearing collars - Keiva Glindon writes as Daniel Koving during those very rare moments when peace and quiet prevail.


‘The Canvas Restorer’s Commitment’ is the first novel in a three-part contemporary romance, based in the North of England.




Author Gus Nwanokwu talks about his book Black Shamrocks dealing with the issues of being black and Irish growing up in the 60's and 70's

“My mum was very strong, very proud to be Irish, and she was responsible for politicising us growing up,” he explained.

“But I didn’t develop a mixed race identity; I developed a very black identity because it helped me survive in such a society.

“However, the Irish side of me also gave me a lot of strength and a fantastic insight into the concepts of race and racism.

“I’m very proud of the history of both my parents’ countries, how they both struggled for independence and, although Biafra didn’t achieve it, we now have an independent Ireland.



Claire Walker, Nina Lewis and David Calcutt and Kathy Gee come to share their pamphlets of poetry


Niall Griffiths

(born 1966) is an English author of novels and short stories, set predominantly in Wales. His best known works include his first two novels Grits and Sheepshagger, and his 2003 publication Stump which won the Wales Book of the Year award


Ben Smith 

was born in Birmingham and now lives in Powys, Mid Wales. After 20 years as a songwriter, his first novel, "A Mountain Speaks", for which he received a Literature Wales bursary, will be published next year. His Monologue, "A Cake for Johnners" won the Raw Edge monologue compettion and was staged by the Birmingham Rep.


Rhian Elizabeth 

was born in 1988 in the Rhondda Valley, South Wales. Her first novel, Six Pounds Eight Ounces (Seren, 2014), was set in that valley and shortlisted for The International Rubery Book Award. In 2016 she was a winner of The Terry Hetherington Young Writers Award.


Rhys Milsom 

is a poet, writer, reviewer, creative writing tutor and workshop facilitator based in Cardiff. He was a winner in The Short Story's International Writers' Award, and his fiction and poetry has been widely published, including in Wales Arts Review, Litro Magazine and The Lonely Crowd. Rhys has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Wales: Trinity Saint David. This is his second collection of poetry from Accent Press, following on from Amnesia


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A 'cunning woman' prophesied that I would write a book in 2003. She said that this book would fail, but that further efforts would gradually succeed. She was almost right. My first effort failed, but having accepted the inevitability of being traduced and humiliated I carried on. Now I publish my own interface between general history and folklore for Amberley Books based in Stroud. For me writing is an essentially therapeutic process, but there is a strong need to preserve the past, not in a conservative sense, but as the necessary pre-requisite for the future. It is a lonely task, and in England the most execrated of occupations. That's one reason why I continue to do it!



Emma Purshouse

was born in Wolverhampton, and is a freelance writer and performance poet.

She is a poetry slam champion and performs regularly at spoken word nights far and wide. Her appearances include, The Cheltenham Literature Festival, Ledbury Poetry Festival, Much Wenlock Poetry Festival and Solfest. She has supported the likes of John Hegley, Holly McNish and Carol Ann Duffy.

Emma has undertaken poetry residencies for Wolverhampton Libraries, The New Vic Theatre in Stoke-on-Trent and The International Festival of Glass in Stourbridge.


Dave Reeves

Dave is a poet, performer and historian. He was born in the Black Country and his work has appeared internationally. Dave's writing is inspired by the local area and his experiences growing up and living here, and his work in the region’s dialect has attracted serious attention throughout Europe.


Paul McDonald

(born 1961 in Walsall) is a British academic, comic novelist, and poet.[1] He teaches English and American Literature at the University of Wolverhampton, where he also runs the Creative and Professional Writing Programme. He left school at 16 and began work as a saddlemaker, an occupation that provides the backdrop for his first novel, Surviving Sting (2001)


R.M. Francis

R. M. Francis is a poet from the Black Country. PhD student and visiting lecturer at the University of Wolverhampton. Author of Chapbooks, Transitions and Orpheus.


Kerry Hadley-Pryce was born in Wordsley, in the West Midlands. Amongst other occupations, she worked nights in a Wolverhampton petrol station before studying degrees in English Language and Psychology. She became a secondary school teacher, teaching English and creative writing in the south west for several years before returning to her native Midlands. She wrote The Black Country whilst studying for an MA in Creative Writing at the Manchester Writing School at MMU, for which she gained a distinction and for which she was awarded the Michael Schmidt Prize for outstanding achievement 2013-1014. She lives in the Black Country.





Wednesday 26th April

Andrew Sparke publishing presents

Wild Verse

Stourbridge authors and poets


Thursday 27th April

Voices from the Mountain and beyond

Writers and poets from Wales featuring

Ben Smith and Niall Griffiths , Rhys Milsom,

Rhian Elizabeth and Martin Wall

Cellar Bar   8.30 pm  £5.00


Friday 28th April

Black Country Authors

Dave Reeves , Emma Pursehouse and Paul Mcdonald

RM Francis and Kerry Hadley Price

Cellar Bar  8.30      £5.00


Saturday 29th April

New Street Authors writing workshop

Cellar Bar  3pm   £5.00


Live music from O’Farrell’s Frolics

Cellar Bar  9pm


Sunday 30th April

Different Voices

Voices from the Middle featuring poets from Worcestershire

Northern Voices with Russ Litten , Harry Gallagher ,

Jane Burn and Keiva

Artists 4 Syria

Workshop with Rob Francis

Black Shamrocks with Gus Nwanokwu

Cellar  bar   3pm onwards  


Wednesday 4th May

Walls Come Tumbling Down with Daniel rachel

Cellar Bar  8.30 pm   tickets £5.00


26th April - 4th May

Photography Exhibition @ Stourbridge Library

Dave Kiteley Lee Benson and Poetry in Vision



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Poetry for Freedom Competition


As part of our support for Stourbridge Litfest we are producing a book of poetry , the theme being freedom . The collection will be published by APS publishing and all profits from the sale of the book will go to Amnesty International.

Conditions of entry are .

1. submission as a PDF , word doc or text file to us here at

Katie Fitzgeralds facebook or email  [email protected]

2.  Entry fee £2.50

3.Any entrant can contact us to perform on Sunday 30th at Litfest

4.All poems submitted will appear in the collection.

5.We reserve the right to refuse anything that is deemed inappropriate!

6. Winning poem selected by judges will receive £50 cash.

Submissions by March 30th



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DAVID CALCUTT is a playwright, poet and novelist who lives in the West Midlands. David is published widely in UK print and online magazines

KATHY GEE is a Worcestershire poet, widely published in print and online poetry journals and anthologies, Kathy has been highly commended in three poetry prizes and two pamphlet competitions, and was a finalist for the Worcestershire Laureate.

CLAIRE WALKER is a poet based in Worcestershire. Her poetry has appeared in numerous magazines, websites and anthologies including The Interpreter’s House, And Other Poems and Ink Sweat and Tears.

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NINA LEWIS is widely

published in poetry

journals and anthologies,

including Abridged, Here

Comes Everyone (HCE),

New Ulster Poetry and

Under the Radar.

Worcestershire Poet

Laureate Competition

2015/2016 runner-up, Nina often performs at spoken word events and literary festivals. Fragile Houses, published by V. Press autumn 2016, is her first pamphlet.