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What is Tower Poetry?

Tower Poetry exists to encourage and challenge everyone who reads or writes poetry. Funded by a generous bequest to Christ Church, University of Oxford, by the late Christopher Tower, the aims of Tower Poetry are clear: to stimulate an enjoyment and critical appreciation of poetry, particularly among young people in education, and to challenge people to write their own poetry. Creative writing should be a central element in literary education, and learning about writing poetry can help students to think about ways of reading poetry.

The Christopher Tower Poetry Prizes 2017

The 2017 Christopher Tower Poetry Competition, the UK’s most valuable prize for young poets, has now closed for entries. Many thanks to all those who’ve entered. Winners will be notified by 21 March 2017, and will be invited to attend an awards ceremony at lunchtime in Oxford on 19 April 2017.

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Find out how to enter for 2017…

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The Dean of Christ Church, The Very Reverend Professor Martyn Percy, with the winners of the 2016 Tower Poetry competition.

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Summer School 2016

The 10th Tower Poetry Summer School for young poets aged between 18-23 was held in August 2016.  The next one will be in 2018.

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Ashani Lewis (winner of the 2016 Christopher Tower Poetry competition) talks to one of the judges, about how she went from being unplaced in the 2015 competition to winning in 2016

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