Poetry Happening Near You


Our libraries

There are six libraries in Stoke-on-Trent. City Central Library is our main hub, based in Hanley, and we have five Community Libraries.

Regular poetry groups

Library Poetry Group

The Library Poetry Group meets fortnightly on Fridays at City Central Library, Hanley. The group grew out of a beginners’ poetry course at Bentilee Library, tutored by Emma Purshouse and funded by Poetry on Loan, and is now self-running. The group has hosted workshops by West Midlands poets, organised successful library events and read their poems in a variety of community settings.

Comments from the group:

“So many of us look forward to the meetings. We are constantly amazed at the variety and standard of the work being produced.”


City Voices 

City Voices Creative Writing Group meets fortnightly on Saturdays at City Central Library, Hanley. City Voices has hosted poetry workshops, organised successful library events, and worked regularly in community settings. The group has a variety of creative writing interests, and new members are made very welcome.


For more information about either of these groups, contact Emma George at City Central Library - emma.george@stoke.gov.uk


Poetry on Loan representative

Emma George is the Poetry on Loan representative for Stoke-on-Trent.

Her poetry tastes are eclectic, encompassing anything from classic writers to modern contemporary poets. She particularly enjoys performance poetry, having discovered the genre through Poetry on Loan.

Emma is very interested in encouraging new writers and poets, and has worked with adults with learning disabilities across the city to facilitate their first steps in poetry.