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Oxford has a vibrant poetry scene, in which individual poets and
groups can be found reading or performing at all kinds of venues all
over the city nearly every week; have a look at our Literary Oxford page
for more details. Local voices include the Back Room Poets, the New
Libertines, Eightcuts, the Jericho Poets, The Poetry Society’s Stanza
and Stanza 2, with each group encompassing poets of various natures and
styles. Many of Oxford’s poets also publish online, in magazines, and in
anthologies, and some are continually publishing books of their work.
Many of the poets who nurture their talent in Oxford read or perform at
festivals all over the country. Whatever your poetic taste, and whether
you prefer poems in print, voiced by their authors, or performed with
body and soul, there is much in Oxford to enjoy!
The Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre acts as a hub for news, and
publicity about events, for the local performance poetry scene in the
city and beyond. The website also hosts information about local poets
through poets’ pages, many of which include images and performances via
sound and/or video. The Centre profiles a new group of writers every six
The Poetry Centre hosted a night of diverse and entertaining performance poetry on 17th June 2012 at Arts at the Old Fire Station in Oxford.
Five leading local poets - Alan Buckley, Paul Askew (both of whom
are featured on our pages listed below), Tina Sederholm, Vahni Capildeo
and Jennifer A. McGowan - came together, compèred by the equally
talented George Chopping, to share some of their work. The second half
opened the stage to new and upcoming voices with a lively open mic
section, followed by a headline performance by Rose Solari.
You may have missed the event live, but we managed to capture a
video of the show, so you can experience some of the fun of the night,
and encounter some of the wonderful, talented poets involved.