Poetry Outreach

Tower Poetry is committed to inspiring young people to engage with, and enjoy, poetry in all its forms. To achieve this, a wide range of resources and opportunities are offered by Tower Poetry to help make poetry accessible to all.

Tower Poetry Competition

The annual Tower Poetry competition is the most generous of its kind, offering £5000 in prize money each year to six young poets. £150 is also awarded to each of the winners' schools to fund resources for aspiring young writers and poets.

The 20th Tower Poetry competition is now open for entries on the theme of 'Trees'. Submit your poem at 'Enter the Tower Poetry Competition'.

Tower Poetry Summer Schools

Tower Poetry's biennial summer schools offer 18-23 year olds the opportunity to deepen their understanding of poetry, network with other young poets, and develop their own poetic voice with support from established, professional poets. Applicants to the residential summer school are accepted on the basis of their written work; tuition and accommodation costs are funded by Tower Poetry.

Christ Church Horizons Programme

Tower Poetry frequently runs poetry workshops as part of the Horizons Programme run by Christ Church's Schools and Outreach team, targeted at state schools and colleges in Christ Church's London link area, Barnet.

In June 2019, over 70 students participated in a series of poetry workshops which encouraged them to think about what poetry is, and what poetry means to them. The sessions were designed to challenge existing conceptions about poetry, and to help students explore poetry's relevance in the modern world. Over half of the students involved rated the workshops 5/5, and 90% of students scored the sessions 4/5 or above.

Useful Links

The list below suggests a few starting points for young people and teachers to discover more about poetry. Our thanks go to Emily Middleton for providing many of the contemporary links.

Useful Links

Arts Festival sites

FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival

www.oxfordliteraryfestival.org/about
Held annually in spring, there are children and schools events as well as creative writing programmes.

Latitude

www.latitudefestival.co.uk
Annual music festival with growing poetry events held in Suffolk.

Ledbury Poetry Festival

www.poetry-festival.co.uk
Annual ten day poetry festival held in July in Herefordshire.

The Poetry Trust

www.thepoetrytrust.org
Delivers from Suffolk a year-round live and digital programme, creative education opportunities, courses, prizes and publications

Competitions

Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award

www.poetrysociety.org.uk/competitions

Poetry prize organised by the Poetry Society for writers aged 11-17.

Manchester Writing Competition

www.www2.mmu.ac.uk/writingcompetition
Includes a £200 prize for 18-25 year olds.

Poetry by Heart

www.poetrybyheart.org.uk
National competition for 14-18 pupils, at school and college in England, to learn and to recite poems by heart.

Magazines

The Gallery Press

www.gallerypress.com
Publishes poetry, drama and prose by some of Ireland’s leading contemporary writers.

Oxford Poetry

www.oxfordpoetry.co.uk
Published twice a year, Oxford Poetry is the oldest poetry magazine in the world.

The Poetry Kit

www.poetrykit.org
A comprehensive online resource for poets including listings of competitions, courses and events.

Signals

www.signalsmagazine.co.uk
Interviews, reviews and poetry

Resources for poets

Every Poet

www.everypoet.com
Includes an online forum and classic poems.

The Guardian Poetry Workshop

www.theguardian.com/books/series/poetryworkshop
Each month a different poet sets a writing exercise and chooses their favourite responses.

Poetry Out Loud

www.bbc.co.uk/arts/poetry/outloud/index.shtml
Historical poetry recordings.

Resources for Teachers

British Library

www.bl.uk/reshelp/findhelpsubject/literature/poetry/poetry.html
Find pages written by the British Library’s experts on poetry

National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE)

www.nawe.co.uk

Supports the development of creative writing of all genres and in all educational and community settings throughout the UK

National Poetry Library

www.poetrylibrary.org.uk/about
Housing the Arts Council Collection at South Bank Centre, London

Poetry Archive

www.poetryarchive.org
The Poetry Archive is the world’s premier online collection of recordings of poets reading their work.

Poetry Book Society

www.poetrybooks.co.uk 
Founded by T S Eliot in 1953, the PBS provides information, advice and discounts on poetry books

Poetry Class

www.poetryclass.net
A collection of learning resources from The Poetry Society.

Teachit

www.teachit.co.uk/poetry.asp
An English teaching online site with almost 12,000 resources

Oxford's Poetry Scene

Christ Church, University of Oxford

www.chch.ox.ac.uk
Home of Tower Poetry

Clutag Press

www.clutagpress.com
A small but prestigious poetry press sponsored, in part, by Tower Poetry

University of Oxford

www.ox.ac.uk
Check it out for poetry debates and the Professor of Poetry’s public lectures each term

Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre

www.brookes.ac.uk/poetry-centre

For research and discussion of issues surrounding Twentieth and Twenty-first Century poetry; to promote poetry in the local community and to encourage connections between poets, academics and readers of poetry.