We hope that the Tower Poetry website will act as a springboard to finding out more about poetry from other sources. The list below gives a good starting point for those interested in reading and writing poetry. Our thanks go to Emily Middleton for providing many of the contemporary links.
Arts Festival sites
FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival
Held annually in spring, there are children and schools events as well as creative writing programmes.
Annual music festival with growing poetry events held in Suffolk.
Ledbury Poetry Festival
Annual ten day poetry festival held in July in Herefordshire.
The Poetry Trust
Delivers from Suffolk a year-round live and digital programme, creative education opportunities, courses, prizes and publications
John Betjeman Young People’s Poetry Competition
The John Betjeman Young People’s Poetry Competition Open to 11-14 year-olds living in the British Isles. Entrants are limited to one poem each about their local surroundings. Entries by 31 July.
Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award
Poetry prize organised by the Poetry Society for writers aged 11-17.
Manchester Writing Competition
Includes a £200 prize for 18-25 year-olds.
Poetry by Heart
National competition for 14-18 pupils, at school and college in England, to learn and to recite poems by heart.
An online magazine showcasing creative work from writers under 25.
Published twice a year, Oxford Poetry is the oldest poetry magazine in the world.
The Poetry Kit
A comprehensive online resource for poets including listings of competitions, courses and events.
Online zine celebrating and publishing the best new poetry from young writers, which also hosts an active poetry forum.
Interviews, reviews and poetry
The Gallery Press
Publishes poetry, drama and prose by some of Ireland’s leading contemporary writers.
Christ Church, University of Oxford
Home of Tower Poetry
A small but prestigious poetry press sponsored, in part, by Tower Poetry
University of Oxford
Check it out for poetry debates and the Professor of Poetry’s public lectures each term
Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre
For research and discussion of issues surrounding Twentieth and Twenty-first Century poetry; to promote poetry in the local community and to encourage connections between poets, academics and readers of poetry.
Resources for poets
Includes an online forum and classic poems.
The Guardian Poetry Workshop
Each month a different poet sets a writing exercise and chooses their favourite responses.
Features a clickable map with details of hundreds of poetry bookshops, events, libraries, publishers and magazines in different regions.
An archive of 20th and 21st century UK poetry magazines.
Poet’s Paradise: A Collection of Helpful Resources
American poets and more links.
Poetry Out Loud
Historical poetry recordings.
Resources for Teachers
BBC Poetry Season
Find pages written by the BL’s experts on poetry
English Association Poetry
This is a site from the English Association dedicated to the teaching of poetry. It has been developed with the encouragement of the Qualification and Curriculum Authority (QCA) as an outcome of its English 21 exercise.
National Association for the Teaching of English (NATE)
A wide range of resources for members – from early years to university
National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE)
Supports the development of creative writing of all genres and in all educational and community settings throughout the UK
Taking the fear out of teaching poetry
A great site for events, publications, café in London, promotions and prizes
Saison Poetry Library
Housing the Arts Council Collection at South Bank Centre, London
Scottish Poetry Library
The place for poetry in Scotland, for the regular reader, the serious student or the casual browser
Pirandello and New Writing South aim to create an environment in the south of England in which creative writers and new writing can flourish
The Poetry Archive is the world’s premier online collection of recordings of poets reading their work.
Poetry Book Society
Founded by T S Eliot in 1953, the PBS provides information, advice and discounts on poetry books
An English teaching online site with almost 12,000 resources
ZigZag provides educational resources for schools and teachers.