An update on upcoming events, from Emma (at City Central Library)…..


As you may know, submissions are currently open for the next 6X6 Reading Café, which takes place on Tuesday 12 June. We’re also looking forward to Poets, Prattlers and Pandemonialists on 18 May. More details of these events are below.

Hot off the press, here are details of two further events in Stoke-on-Trent Libraries. On Saturday 16 June, the Writing Kiln returns to Stoke-on-Trent Libraries, with an event for National Flash Fiction Day  – followed by a novella launch elsewhere in Hanley. And, on Saturday 7 July, we’re running a Paperverse workshop at Stoke Library, combining poetry and simple decorated booklets. Both events are free, but booking is essential.

Fuller details of all these events are below.

Poets, Prattlers and Pandemonialists

Friday 18 May, 7.30pm

City Central Library, Hanley

Cost: £3 including refreshments

What happens when three poets meet up in a pub and decide to put on a show? Join nationally-acclaimed poets Dave Pitt, Emma Purshouse and Steve Pottinger as they come together to plot their path to fame and fortune – will they be distracted by beer and scratchings? Will they put the world to rights? Creative performance poetry at its very best – may contain language!

Contact City Central Library to book your place

Tel: 01782 238455             Email:


6X6 Reading Café

6x6 June

Tuesday 12 June, 7pm

City Central Library, Hanley

Cost: free

Six writers…six readings…six minutes each. Join us for the ever-popular 6X6 Reading Café, where local authors read and promote their work. The submissions window is open until 27 May; if you’d like to find out more about the café, or how to submit, take a look at the 6X6 blog:

Contact City Central Library to book your free place

Tel: 01782 238455             Email:

National Flash Fiction Day event and 2nd Potteries Prize Launch

Saturday 16 June, 11am– 12:30pm

Cost: free

You are all welcome to attend for a free interactive session about flash (very short) fiction. To celebrate National Flash Fiction we have a great line up of speakers to answer your questions, give advice and to hear readings. Guests include Steve Campbell, Editor of online and print literary magazine Ellipsis Zine, flash fiction writers Helen Rye (Norwich), Adam Lock (Wolverhampton) and Joely Dutton (Stafford), as well as local Stephanie Hutton (The Writing Kiln) to give you the low down on entering writing competitions including the upcoming Potteries Prize.

Bring a pen and paper! Pre-booking is essential.

Contact City Central Library to book your place

Tel: 01782 238455             Email:


Immediately after the Flash Fiction Day event, local writer and clinical psychologist Stephanie Hutton from The Writing Kiln and co-ordinator of the Potteries Prize will be launching her first novella Three Sisters of Stone. You are invited to come and hear her and other flash fiction writers from across the UK give readings, as well as meet the local artist Louise Ryder-Hall who has designed the front cover.

Saturday 16 June 1pm – 3pm, downstairs at The Exchange, Hanley

Pre-booking is essential for this free event – please contact by 9th June or post a comment on their Facebook page @Writing Kiln


Saturday 7 July, 11am-1pm

Stoke Library, South Wolfe Street, Stoke, ST4 4SZ

Cost: free

Join poets Jeff Phelps and Marion Cockin for a creative workshop combining poetry with simple decorated booklets. It’s relaxing, great fun, and with a finished product to take away at the end. Pre-booking is essential!

Contact Stoke Library to book your place

Tel: 01782 238446             Email:


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