Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre Collection

  • Discover the Collection

    The Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre Collection has been set up in collaboration with the Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre and comprises books that have been shortlisted for 6 contemporary poetry prizes. It also includes the poetry pamphlets published by ignition press, a new poetry imprint set up by the Poetry Centre in 2018.   

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    The books can be found in the Headington Library on Level 4 (Zone D) and they can all be borrowed. They don’t have a standard call number, instead they have a label indicating the year of the relevant poetry prize shortlist. The books are grouped by year on the library shelves.

  • The poetry prizes

    logos of organisations supporting poetry prizes

  • Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre

    The Poetry Centre is based within the Department of English and Modern Languages at Brookes. It actively promotes poetry through its Weekly Poem initiative which showcases the work of independent presses and their poets. It also offers podcasts featuring local poets and hosts an annual programme of events including conferences, research seminars, workshops, exhibitions, readings, and community projects. In February 2016 the Poetry Centre celebrated its inaugural International Poetry Competition with an event at Oxford Brookes. In 2018 it established ignition press with the aim of publishing poetry pamphlets from emerging and established international writers.

    Check their website for links to a wealth of poetry-related links such as publishers, poetry societies and organizations, online texts and recordings, and resources for poets.