Poetry Centre

Poetry on the Bus

  • The Poetry Centre at Oxford Brookes University has got straight to the point and has found a fantastic yet practical way of putting poetry back onto the streets. Oxford is going poetry crazy!

    Benjamin Zephaniah

    Poetry on the Bus is an event that was run by the Poetry Centre in March 2007, and funded by Arts Council England (Grants for the Arts). It took poetry to the streets of Oxford using the Brookes Bus network -the aim was to get people to think differently about what poetry is and how it can relate to us.

    There were three parts to the project:

    • ‘Oxford Journeys’ poems: In January and February this year, we invited those who use the Brookes Bus network to write original poems on the subject ‘Oxford Journeys’. We received over 100 submissions, from a huge range of people - students, school children, members of the public, poets - and selected 24 of these to turn into posters which were displayed on the Brookes buses for a week in March (18-24 March). Read many of these poems on this website.
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    • Poets on the Buses: Bus travellers were in for a surprise on Wednesday 21 March - World Poetry Day - when six poets climbed aboard the buses to perform their work and entertain passengers. The poets Steve Larkin, Chuma Nwokolo, Alan Buckley, Helen Kidd, A.F. Harrold, and Phil Whitehead. Read Louise Tickle’s account of travelling with the poets on the bus.
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    • Bus Stop Poetry Slam: As well as the onboard events, we held a Poetry Slam at the Port Mahon on the evening of Wednesday 21 March.