In Brief...

 
Professional ​
info​​

​I'm a poet and freelance writer who organises live literature events, runs workshops and manages Offa's Press, a small poetry press in Shropshire. Over the years Offa's Press has received some financial support from Arts Council England.

I have organised hundreds of live literature events and creative writing workshops in the West Midlands. I have also performed my work all over the country and abroad.

Skills

To find out more about my  creative writing workshops go to 'Projects'. Poetry performances are tricky at the moment  but I have read across Britain and in Pakistan (courtesy of Yorkshire Arts), Norway and Germany. I also mentor up and coming poets and writers so, again, go to 'Projects' for more info.

Languages

I enjoy tackling poetry in other languages, especially French, but would not say I was fluent.

My Books
Here are the books I've written, contributed to and/or edited in the last ten years. For books published before 2010 go to Pennine Pens' website: www.penninepens.co.uk

​To buy Offa's Press books go to: www.offaspress.co.uk

To buy copies of Simon's other books email Simon at: simonfletcher58@gmail.com

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Another Bridge
Another Bridge, with Debjani Chatterjee, Brian D'Arcy & Basir Sultan Kazmi, Sahitya Press, 2012, £5
Mini Mushaira provides a vision of what could be in the future for despite the differences in language, backgrounds and beliefs, the poets speak with one voice. The Scotsman
















The Poetry of Shropshire
The Poetry of Shropshire, with Jeff Phelps, Offa's Press, 2013, £7.95 
The beauty of the county, its hills, its wildlife and it many moods shine through this collection of high quality poems. Buy it. Greg Cox, The Cannon's Mouth

















The Cherry Trees of Wyre
The Cherry Trees of Wyre, illustrated by Ian M. Emberson, Angria Press, (new edition) 2014, £5.95
​Reflects with wry honesty the unsentimental life of the smallholding he grew up on. Ken Edward Smith, Pennine Platform















The Poetry of Staffordshire
The Poetry of Staffordshire, with Emma Purshouse, Offa's Press, 2015, £7.95

















Close to Home
Close to Home, Headland Press, 2015, £7.95
 
His choice of subject is always as varied as his use of language is vivid, ranging far and wide, geographically and politically, comically and personally. It's always a pleasure to read Simon's work. Carole Baldock, Orbis

These are quiet poems, beautifully executed, from a poet who consistently delivers material of a high standard, enjoys his craft and knows the comfort of books. Highly recommended.
Neil Leadbeaterwww.writeoutloud.net

















Reflections
Reflections, with Gladys Mary Coles, Shropshire Wildlife Trust, 2015, £6.95
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The work produced by the participants was of such good quality that we published a book – ‘Reflections, new writings on the Meres and Mosses’. This was in large part due to Simon’s excellent tutelage. Luke Neil, Shropshire Wildlife Trust

















The Poetry of the Black Country
The Poetry Of the Black Country, with Emma Purshouse & Dave Reeves, Offa's Press, 2017, £7.95

​This collection brings together some of the best work created in recent years by writers from the Black Country's vibrant poetry scene. Highly recommended. Wolves Beat

















Check Mate
Check Mate, An Urdu play by Basir Sultan Kazmi in a bi-lingual edition, translated into English by BSK with Simon Fletcher, Sang-e-Meel, Lahore, 2019, £9.95.



















Ripening Cherries
Ripening Cherries, with David Bingham, Offa's Press, 2019, £7.95
​​Given the breadth of haiku, tanka and haibun expertise present in Ripening Cherries, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed reading it. Credit must be given to the editors for putting together an understated gem. Tim Gardiner, Blithe Spirit




















The Poetry of Worcestershire
The  Poetry of Worcestershire, with Michael W. Thomas, Offa's Press, 2019, £7.95
​Every poetry book should have a poem about fruit picking. Our fruit juice runneth over in Worcestershire: damsons, pears, plums, apples, [   ] and the hay-maker bringing in the yield. Ian Todd, The Cannon's Mouth

















In the Sticks
In the Sticks, with Cherry Doyle, Offa's Press, 2021, £7.95
This valuable and enjoyable anthology strikes a balance between listing the glories of the countryside and enumerating the many tensions and threats to our continuing enjoyment of it.
Greg Freemanwww.writeoutloud.net
 
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