City wide pop-up poetry for National Poetry Day

Monday, 29 September 2014

National poetry day

On Thursday 2 October, the Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre will run a series of 'pop-up' poetry readings at venues around the city.

Organised by the Forward Arts Foundation, National Poetry Day was founded in 1994 by William Sieghart, and has engaged millions of people across the country in reading, writing and listening to poetry.

In Oxford, twenty local and regional poets will perform at the Old Fire Station, Gloucester Green, Blackwell's Bookshop, Broad Street, Albion Beatnik Bookshop, Jericho and the Castle Quarter.

Poetry is not just confined to books and classrooms, and our aim is to remind people, firstly, of the entertainment value to be gleaned from the sharing of poetry and, secondly, of the merits of public, performed poetry.

Dr Eoin Flannery, Director of Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre

The day will conclude with a grand finale of performance poetry at the Catweazle Club on the Cowley Road in the evening, beginning at 7.30pm.

On Brookes’ campuses there will be poetry readings at The Forum in the John Henry Brookes Building, Blackwell's Bookshop, Simon Williams Undergraduate Centre at Wheatley and at Harcourt Hill.

Dr Eoin Flannery, Reader in Irish literature and Director of Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre said:"This is the first time that the Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre has organised such a range of events to celebrate National Poetry Day, and it is an important role to undertake in order to underline, and to facilitate, the widespread interest there is in poetry across the city and the region.

“Poetry is not just confined to books and classrooms, and our aim is to remind people, firstly, of the entertainment value to be gleaned from the sharing of poetry and, secondly, of the merits of public, performed poetry."

The event is further celebrated by the release of a short film series entitled: 'My Favourite Poem' where staff and students at Oxford Brookes discuss and recite their favourite poem in a series of YouTube videos.

 

 The online short film series entitled: ‘My Favourite Poem’ sees staff from across the university talking about poetry and can be found  here

Further details about the events can be found on the Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre website.

You can also follow the Poetry Centre on Facebookand Twitter.

More details about nationwide events can be found on the National Poetry Day website.