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International Poetry Competition
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National Poetry Day
The city of Oxfordis a hive of literary activity, with a long history of fostering some of theworld’s most famous creative minds.
Regular literary events
- a warm, welcoming open-mic night often involving poetry and story telling, held at East Oxford Community Centre every Thursday night. Over 20 years old now!
No Reading Alone
- a night of poetry and spoken word held once every few months around Oxford, hosted by the local writers group Oxwords.
Hammer and Tongue
- a night of performance poetry, with headlining acts and a poetry slam, held at various venues around Oxford.
- a night of live music, comedy and performance poetry held on the first Monday of the month at the Jam Factory.
Hear the word
- a regular night (that’s been going for 10 years now) for the performance of poetry, writing and songs open to all local writers, held at The Gardeners Arms, Plantation Road, Jericho.
Short Stories Aloud
– short, often original creative work, read or performed by actors.
Venues hosting regular literaryevents
The Albion Beatnik Bookshop
- an indie bookshop in Jericho which hosts various literary events, including poetry readings and performances, storytelling, writers groups’ gatherings, and comic, journal and magazine launches.
North Wall Arts Centre
- a theatre and exhibition space which occasionally features performance poetry and storytelling.
The Story Museum
– a treasure trove of creativity, tucked away in central Oxford, devoted to children’s fiction. Hosts with regular literary events, including author lectures.
Modern Art Oxford
- the Basement Gigs at this venue often include nights of performance poetry, multimodal literary performances, storytelling and more.
- the Broad Street branch of this bookselling chain occasionally includes evenings of live performance poetry and spoken word within its literary event schedule.
– a lively theatre on Magdalen Road hosting a variety of plays.
The Duke’s Cut
- a pub in central Oxford hosting poetry nights featuring the work of the Oxford University Poetry Society. You can find more details of Oxford (University) Poetry Society’s activities here.
Burton Taylor Studio
– a small theatre near Gloucester Green offering innovative new plays.
– a few different kinds of reading groups run regularly at Blackwells on Broad Street.
Short Stories Reading Group
– short stories reading group at Joe Perks.
Oxford Creative Writers
- a writers’ group that meets monthly in Oxford.
- a poetry writing group made up of members of the Poetry Society.
Back Room Poets
- the Oxford University poetry society, which runs frequent events and readings with local and internationally-renowned poets. The society can also be found on Facebook.
Literaryand creative festivals
The Oxford Literary Festival
MCS Arts Festival
Oxford’s literary heritage
The Inklings – a group of writers, led by Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, who met and shared their work at various places in Oxford, not least the pub The Eagle and Child.
– a day of events to celebrate Lewis Carroll‘s Alice!
The Bodleian Library
– one of Europe’s oldest and most beautiful libraries.
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