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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 Christopher Tower Poetry Competition, the UK’s most valuable prize for young poets, opened for entries on Monday 3 October. All UK students, between 16-18 years, are encouraged to enter. Full details are available here.

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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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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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