• 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, and community projects.

    Ongoing and recent projects have been in the areas of poetry and science; poetry and the environment; poetry and business; and performance poetry in Oxfordshire, whilst 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-ordinates the Oxford City Poet scheme. The City Poet has a remit 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 (now 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 is currently held by Azfa Awad.

    The Poetry Centre acts as a base for PhD students and and post-doctoral researchers studying and writing in the area, and oversees the Royal Literary Fund Fellowship scheme within the Department of English and Modern Languages.

    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 and promote their work and ideas.

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