• The Poetry Centre, which is based within the Department of English and Modern Languages, was launched in 1998, and hosts an annual programme of events, which include conferences, research seminars, workshops, exhibitions, readings, and community projects. In 2015, the Centre ran a highly successful inaugural International Poetry Competition, which received almost 900 entries from all across the world. There were two categories for entries: Open and English as a Second Language. You can read the winning poems and see the shortlist and longlist on this page. This year's competition is open for entries until 31 August 2016, and our judge is Daljit Nagra.

    Ongoing and recent projects have been in the areas of poetry and science; poetry and technology; poetry and the environment; poetry and business; poetry and mental health; and performance poetry in Oxfordshire. From 2008-9 the Centre also ran a project pairing poets with refugees and asylum seekers to work collaboratively on new poetry. The result of this was the anthology See How I Land: Oxford Poets and Exiled Writers. You can learn more about all of these projects by clicking on the Projects link to the left.

    In collaboration with Oxford City Council, the Centre co-ordinated the Oxford City Poet scheme. The City Poet's remit was to encourage both the reading and writing of poetry in Oxford and the region. The first City Poet, whose tenure was from 2011-13, was Kate Clanchy (former Co-Director of the Poetry Centre), and you can find out about her work in the Projects section of the site. In 2013, Kate Clanchy, the Poetry Centre, and Oxford City Council also set up the post of Oxford Youth Ambassador for Poetry, which was held by Azfa Awad.

    Within Brookes, the Poetry Centre runs an internship programme for undergraduates, during which the interns help to run numerous projects such as events for National Poetry Day, a contemporary poetry reading group, and spoken word evenings. You can read more about these projects by clicking on the relevant Projects link to the left. The Centre also acts as a base for PhD students and and post-doctoral researchers studying and writing in the area, and contributes every semester to the EML Research Seminar series.

    The Centre is actively involved in social media and digital outreach. As well as promoting research and events through a lively Facebook page and Twitter feed, it has also run a Weekly Poem initiative since 2007 through which the work of independent presses and their poets is showcased every Monday. These poems are then archived as a permanent record of important contemporary poets and trends in poetry. The website also features the Centre’s dedicated podcasts, which are designed to allow establishing poets from in and around Oxfordshire space to discuss their work and ideas.

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