The Judges

Paul Francis

Paul Francis is a prolific, versatile poet, living in Much Wenlock, who is active in the local poetry scene. He has regularly published poetry pamphlets, and been placed in national competitions. He was poet-in- residence at Wenlock Poetry Festival, and is the current slam champion at Wenlock and Bewdley.  

Emma Purshouse

Emma Purshouse is a writer and performance poet. She writes both for children and adults. She loves working with children to develop their poetry writing and performing skills. Emma has a collection of children's poetry called 'I Once Knew a Poem Who Wore a Hat' published by Fair Acre Press. This collection won the Rubery Book Award for Poetry in 2017. Emma performs her work all over the country.