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      Poetry Centre

      “To produce research into poetry”

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      Poetry Centre

      “To encourage connections between poets, academics, and readers of poetry”

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      Poetry Centre

      “To promote poetry in the local community”

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      Poetry Centre

      “To create space in discussion of issues surrounding poetry”

  • The Poetry Centre, which is based within the Department of English and Modern Languages at Oxford Brookes University, was launched in 1998, and hosts an exciting annual programme of events, which include conferences and research seminars, workshops, exhibitions, poetry readings, and community projects. Please click on the links on the left-hand side of this page to see the latest programme of readings and workshops. The Centre also runs a highly successful annual International Poetry Competition which has two categories for entries: Open and English as an Additional Language. You can find out more about past winners and how to enter the latest competition on this page.

    The Centre also acts as a base for the research being done into poetry in the Department, and you can find out more about that work here. Current projects housed within the Centre include the AGAST Project (Avant-Gardes and Speculative Technology), and you can read more about that here.

    Past projects have been in the areas of poetry and science; 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, which you can download here. You can learn more about all of these projects and more by clicking on the Projects link to the left of this page.

    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 studying and writing in the area, and contributes every semester to the EML Research Seminar series. We also review new books of poetry on our Review Blog.

    In collaboration with Oxford City Council, the Centre co-ordinated the Oxford City Poet scheme from 2011-13. The City Poet's remit was to encourage both the reading and writing of poetry in Oxford and the region. The first City Poet was Kate Clanchyand 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 between 2013-14.

    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.

  • Latest news…

  • Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition – a second year of success

    Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry – shortlist announced!

    International Poetry Competition awards celebration

    Kate Clanchy celebrates young Oxford poets on BBC Radio 3

    Boxing John Clare: Literature professor in new film about the poet

    Final call to enter the International Poetry Competition

    Radio documentary by Brookes Lecturer explores poetry of James Berry OBE

    Brookes lecturer is named as a Next Generation Poet

    Poets Hannah Lowe and Jennifer Wong to take part in the Reading Poetry Festival

    National Poetry Day: pop-up readings at Brookes and beyond