bostin’ blather

We’re always up for a challenge. Very often, it’s one we’ve set ourselves – we come up with an idea, get all excited about it, and since no-one in PPP is the kind of person to put the brakes on it, it’s happening before we know it. Which explains how we came to spend Saturday running six – yes, six – online poetry workshops in one day.

They were run in conjunction with the Black Country Living Museum, as part of the F Words project, supported by Creative Black Country, and were a chance to celebrate our region. Participants had the opportunity to write poems exploring their memories of our part of the world, make use of our dialect in their work, and maybe invent new meanings for words like bibble or wammel. We also championed an entirely new poetic form: the Oy-Ku (a haiku written in Black Country dialect, with translations into Queen’s English for those who might need it, since you ask).

Oh, and to add to the challenge we decided we’d create a PDF booklet of all work written and submitted to us in the course of the day, and send it out to everyone who’d taken part before the end of the evening. Reader, we did. And there’s some bostin’ work in it, too.

Not bad going for a Saturday.

We had a day off on Sunday, mind.

Loff Out Loud

On Saturday May 29th, in conjunction with the Black Country Living Museum, and as part of their ‘Loff Out Loud’ festival, we’re running six online poetry workshops. These workshops are part of Creative Black Country’s ‘F Words’ project, working with people across communities to focus on fun, fabulous, feel-good ideas that bring people together. Find out more at 

If you fancy having a go at writing poetry which celebrates our region, our dialect, and our heritage, and you’ve 45 minutes – or an hour and a half for the longer ones – spare at some point during the day, come and join us. You can book in for one workshop, or choose to come to more. It’s up to you.

We’ll also be creating a PDF booklet of all the work produced on the day, so everyone who takes part will have the chance to see their work in a digital collection – hopefully emailed to them by the end of the day. It’s going to be a lot of fun. There’ll be plenty of poetry. Oh, and it’s entirely free. What’s not to like?

Spaces are limited, so get in quick! You can book your place here, and we’ll see you on Saturday!

Final Performance Workshop

On Sunday 4th November we will be holding our final performance workshop. These free workshops, funded by Creative Black Country, help you to develop performance and microphone techniques. This gives your poems the best possible chance to shine when you are on stage. The two previous workshops have received excellent feedback from participants.

Sadly, this final workshop is full but if you want to be placed on the reserve list then please let us know but emailing us or by hitting us up on Twitter. It will take place at The Pretty Bricks in Walsall between 4pm and 6pm. Participants are then invited to stick around for Yes, We Cant that evening where they will be given a chance to try their new skills in one of our open mic slots.


Date and Time: Sunday 4th November 2018. 4pm – 6pm

Venue: The Pretty Bricks, 5 John Street, Walsall. WS2 8AF

Cost: Free (Reserve spots available)