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Tower Poetry

Tower Poetry has moved to a new website in time for the Tower 2020 competition. Find out more information, and enter the competition, at our new home: www.chch.ox.ac.uk/towerpoetry.

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 2020

The Christopher Tower Poetry Competition, the UK’s most valuable prize for young poets, opened for entries on Tuesday 1 October. All UK students, between 16-18 years, are encouraged to enter. Full details are available on the new site: www.chch.ox.ac.uk/towerpoetry.

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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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