Welcome to Offa’s Press
Offa’s Press is dedicated to publishing and promoting the best in contemporary West Midland poetry and poets. It will do this through a series of publications and performances where the watchword will be ‘good on the page and good on stage’.
Offa’s Press is eclectic in range. It receives some development funding from Arts Council England and is run as a co-operative by a number of regional writers and poets with Simon Fletcher the Editor / Manager.
Offa’s Press is currently looking for submissions for an anthology The Poetry of Staffordshire to be edited by Emma Purshouse and Simon Fletcher. Please go to the submissions page for further details. Please browse this website for further news and events and please support Offa’s Press by buying its products and attending events.
The view from Offa’s Dyke, photo by Dave Finchett.
Why the name Offa’s Press?
Offa was king of the Mercians back in the late 8th century and forged what we call the West Midlands from his power-base at Tamworth. He ruled over much of England and was known as Rex Anglorum or king of the English. Offa’s Dyke he had built as a border with the Welsh. Offa was also an internationalist having friendly ties to the French king Charlemagne.