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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 2016

The winners of the 2016 Christopher Tower Poetry Competition, the UK’s most valuable prize for young poets, were announced at the prizegiving in Oxford on 20 April. At a lunchtime reception in Christ Church, Ashani Lewis, from The Tiffin Girls’ School, Surrey, was awarded the £3,000 first prize for her poem ‘Flowers From The Dark’.


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


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Summer School 2016

The 10th Tower Poetry Summer School for young poets aged between 18-23 will be held from 30 August – 2 September 2016.  All 18 successful applicants have now been notified – thank you to all who applied for this year’s Summer School.

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Welcome reception and dinner at Christ Church during the 10th Tower Poetry Summer School (photos David Stumpp Photography). ...

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2012 tutor, Alan Gillis, talks to participant, Camille Ralphs about the value of the summer school and how approachable it is.

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