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. The Centre also acts as a base for the extensive research being done into poetry in the Department, and you can find out more about that work here. Please click on the links on the left-hand side of this page to find out more about us and to see the latest programme of readings and workshops.
The Centre also runs an annual International Poetry Competition which has two categories for entries: Open and English as an Additional Language. This year's competition is open from 31 May until 2 September, and our judge is the internationally-acclaimed author Jackie Kay. To find out more and enter the competition, visit this page.
In 2017, the Poetry Centre established ignitionpress, a poetry pamphlet press with an international outlook which publishes original, arresting poetry from emerging poets, and established poets working on interim or special projects. Our first pamphlets, with work by Lily Blacksell, Mary Jean Chan, and Patrick James Errington, were published in February 2018, and since then we have published poetry by Natalie Whittaker and Belinda Zhawi (October 2018), with work by Jennifer Lee Tsai, Joanna Ingham, and Sarah Shapiro appearing in July 2019.
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