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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 2018

The Christopher Tower Poetry Competition, the UK’s most valuable prize for young poets, opened for entries on Monday 6 November. All UK students, between 16-18 years, are encouraged to enter.


Find out how to enter for 2018…

Latest News & Events

A.E. Stallings Poetry Reading

May 21, 2018

  This Friday we are hosting a poetry reading by American poet A.E. Stallings who launches her new translation of... Read More

Tower Poetry Summer School 2018 Open for Applications

May 4, 2018

  28 – 31 August 2018 Young poets between 18-23 are invited to apply for the residential school to develop... Read More


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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