The Poetry Centre, which is based within the School 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 (including a special workshop for military veterans), exhibitions, poetry readings, and community projects. The Centre also acts as a base for the extensive research being done into poetry in the school, 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 and follow us on social media.
The Centre runs an annual International Poetry Competition which has two categories for entries: Open and English as an Additional Language. This competition usually runs from May until September, and you can learn more about how to enter on 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. Find out more about our latest pamphlets here.
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