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Emma Purshouse is Poet Laureate for the City of Wolverhampton. She is a free-lance writer and an experienced workshop facilitator. She works with children and adults.
Emma is a poetry slam champion and performs regularly at spoken word nights and festivals across the country, often using her native Black Country dialect in her work. Appearances include, The Cheltenham Literature Festival, Ledbury Poetry Festival, Solfest, Latitude and WOMAD. She has supported John Hegley, Holly McNish and Carol Ann Duffy.
In 2017 Emma won the ‘Making Waves’ international spoken word competition which was judged by Luke Wright.
Her most recent publication is ‘Close’ (Offa’s Press, 2018). This was shortlisted for the Rubery Book Award in 2019.