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 months.
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.