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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, will open on Monday 3 October 2016. Please check this website for full details.


Find out more including competition winners from 2016


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 was held in August 2016.

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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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