About Tower Poetry
Tower Poetry started in 2000 when a generous bequest to Christ Church, University of Oxford was made by the late Christopher Tower to stimulate an enjoyment and critical appreciation of poetry, particularly among young people in education, and to challenge people to write their own poetry.
Headed by the poet and academic, Peter McDonald (the first holder of the Christopher Tower Studentship and Tutorship in Poetry in the English Language at Christ Church, Oxford, and a Lecturer in the English Faculty of Oxford University) Tower Poetry runs a prestigious annual competition for 16-18 year olds in the UK on a set theme.
In addition residential Summer Schools are run for those between 18-23 (the 11th was held from 28-31 August 2018), which bring a number of students together and allow them to write their own poetry in a stimulating and enjoyable environment. Over ten titles have now been published as well as about 100 book reviews, poetry readings and other events.