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Tower Poetry

Tower Poetry is an organization based at Christ Church, University of Oxford, which offers opportunities and resources for young British poets.

Tower Poetry exists to encourage and challenge everyone who reads or writes poetry. Established following a bequest to Christ Church, Oxford, by the late Christopher Tower, the aims of Tower Poetry are clear: to stimulate an enjoyment and critical appreciation of poetry, particularly among young people in education, and to encourage people to write their own poetry.

By developing the roles of poetry in education and enabling new poets to showcase their talents through a series of exciting initiatives ranging from courses, competitions and workshops to readings and publications, Christ Church and the University of Oxford fosters the creative potential of young writers.

# Episode Title Description People Date
1 Creative Commons About the Tower Poetry Summer School Find out more about the Tower Poetry Summer School - 2012 tutor, Alan Gillis, talks to participant, Camille Ralphs about the value of the summer school and how approachable it is. Alan Gillis, Camille Ralphs 17 Jun 2016
2 Creative Commons So, how does it feel to win? Ashani Lewis (winner of the 2016 Christopher Tower Poetry competition) talks to one of the judges, Katherine Rundell, about how it feels to have won first prize. Ashani Lewis, Katherine Rundell 17 Jun 2016
3 Creative Commons The most amazing experience Ashani Lewis (winner of the 2016 Christopher Tower Poetry competition) talks to one of the judges, Katherine Rundell, about the experience of winning in 2016. Ashani Lewis, Katherine Rundell 17 Jun 2016
4 Creative Commons From being unplaced in the 2015 competition to winning in 2016. Ashani Lewis (winner of the 2016 Christopher Tower Poetry competition) talks to one of the judges, Katherine Rundell, about how she went from being unplaced in the 2015 competition to winning in 2016. Ashani Lewis, Katherine Rundell 17 Jun 2016
5 Creative Commons Let the poem come to you Ashani Lewis (winner of the 2016 Christopher Tower Poetry competition) talks to one of the judges, Katherine Rundell, about she went from being unplaced in the 2015 competition to winning in 2016. Ashani Lewis, Katherine Rundell 17 Jun 2016
6 Creative Commons If at first you don't succeed' Ashani Lewis (winner of the 2016 Christopher Tower Poetry competition) talks to one of the judges, Katherine Rundell, about how she went from being unplaced in the 2015 competition to winning in 2016. Katherine Rundell, Ashani Lewis 17 Jun 2016
7 Creative Commons Tower Poetry 2016: Driving Lesson Commended winner of the 2016 Christopher Tower Poetry competition, Ed Pryor, reads his poem 'Driving Lesson'. Ed Pryor 17 Jun 2016
8 Creative Commons Tower Poetry 2016: Nine Days Commended winner of the 2016 Christopher Tower Poetry competition, Natasha Blinder, reads her poem 'Nine Days' Natasha Blinder 17 Jun 2016
9 Creative Commons Tower Poetry 2016: The Awakening Commended winner of the 2016 Christopher Tower Poetry competition, Sophia West, reads her poem 'The Awakening'. Sophia West 17 Jun 2016
10 Creative Commons Tower Poetry 2016: UFO Beach Abduction Commended winner of the 2016 Christopher Tower Poetry competition, Grace Fraser, reads her poem 'UFO Beach Abduction'. Grace Fraser 17 Jun 2016
11 Creative Commons Tower Poetry 2016: Flowers From The Dark Winner of the 2016 Christopher Tower Poetry competition, Ashani Lewis, reads her poem 'Flowers From The Dark' Ashani Lewis 17 Jun 2016
12 Tower Poetry 2015: The Forensics of Salt-Licking Winner of the 2015 Christopher Tower Poetry competition, Isla Anderson, reads her poem 'The Forensics of Salt-Licking'. Isla Anderson 14 May 2015
13 Tower Poetry 2015: Fusion Second prizewinner of the 2015 Christopher Tower Poetry competition, Max Thomas, reads 'Fusion'. Max Thomas 14 May 2015
14 Tower Poetry 2015: Firewood Third prizewinner of the 2015 Christopher Tower Poetry competition, Lewis Harrington, reads his poem 'Firewood'. Lewis Harrington 14 May 2015
15 Tower Poetry 2015: Purblind Commended winner of the 2015 Christopher Tower Poetry competition, Matt Ward, reads 'Purblind'. Matt Ward 14 May 2015
16 Tower Poetry 2015: Closed Door Commended winner of the 2015 Christopher Tower Poetry competition, Andrew Wells, reads 'Closed Door'. Andrew Wells 14 May 2015
17 Tower Poetry 2014: Schiamachy Runner up to the 2014 Tower Poetry competition, Phoebe Stuckes, reads her poem, 'Schiamachy'. Phoebe Stuckes 03 Jun 2014
18 Tower Poetry 2014: Current Affairs Runner up to the 2014 Tower Poetry competition, Jessica Matthews, reads her poem 'Current Affairs'. Jessica Matthews 03 Jun 2014
19 Creative Commons Tower Poetry 2014: Voyager Runner up to the 2014 Tower Poetry competition, Charlie Holmes, 'Voyager'. Charlie Holmes 03 Jun 2014
20 Tower Poetry 2014: How to Prepare for Bad News Runner up to the 2014 Tower Poetry competition, Alexander Shaw, reads his poem, 'How to Prepare for Bad News'. Alexander Shaw 03 Jun 2014
21 Tower Poetry 2014: Bat Child Found! Third Prize winner of the 2014 Tower Poetry competition, Masha Voyles, reads her poem, 'Bat Child Found!' Masha Voyles 03 Jun 2014
22 Creative Commons Tower Poetry 2014: Hell-of-an Island Second Prize winner of the 2014 Tower Poetry competition, Sam Buckton, reads his poem 'Hell-of-an Island'. Sam Buckton 03 Jun 2014
23 Creative Commons Tower Poetry 2014: Annunciation Winner of the 2014 Christopher Tower Poetry Competition, Dominic Hand, reads his poem entitles 'Annunciation'. Dominic Hand 03 Jun 2014
24 Tower Poetry 2013: Research Luke van den Barselaar reads his entry for the 2013 Tower Poetry Competition. Luke van den Barselaar 10 Jul 2013
25 Creative Commons Tower Poetry 2013: Swimming in Loch Suili; The Lake of Shadows Eva Wallace reads her entry for the 2013 Tower Poetry Competition. Eva Wallace 10 Jul 2013
26 Creative Commons Tower Poetry 2013: The Devil Erin Tunney reads her entry to the 2013 Tower Poetry Competition. Erin Tunney 10 Jul 2013
27 Creative Commons Tower Poetry 2013: Investigation Details; Echo and Narcissus Kathryn Cussons reads her entry to the 2013 Tower Poetry competition. Kathryn Cussons 10 Jul 2013
28 Creative Commons Tower Poetry 2013: Origins Azfa Ali reads her entry to the 2013 Tower Poetry Competition. Azfa Ali 10 Jul 2013
29 Tower Poetry 2012: Maiden Voyage Millie Guille reads her entry to the 2012 Tower Poetry Competition. Millie Guille 08 May 2012
30 Tower Poetry 2012: The Sirens Tell Their Tale Hannah Tran reads her entry to the 2012 Tower Poetry Competition. Hannah Tran 08 May 2012
31 Tower Poetry 2012: Papa's Epilogue Sarah Fletcher reads her entry for the 2012 Tower Poetry Competition. Sarah Fletcher 08 May 2012
32 Tower Poetry 2012: Postcards Lucy Hely-Hutchinson reads her entry for the 2012 Tower Poetry Competition. Lucy Hely-Hutchinson 08 May 2012
33 Tower Poetry 2012: Balloon Song Bethan Smith reads her entry for the 2012 Tower Poetry Competition. Bethan Smith 08 May 2012
34 Tower Poetry 2011 Wires Elizabeth Johnson, winner of the 2011 Tower Poetry Competition, reads her poem Wires. Elizabeth Johnson 03 Oct 2011
35 Tower Poetry 2011 Simple Abigail Richards reads her entry for the 2011 Tower Poetry competition. Simple. Abigail Richards 03 Oct 2011
36 Tower Poetry 2011 The Breaking Day Molly Underwood reads her entry for the 2011 Tower Poetry competition, The Breaking Day. Molly Underwood 03 Oct 2011
37 Tower Poetry 2010 - Introduction Kathryn Grant, the Christopher Tower Poetry Administrator, introduces the 2010 Tower Poetry Competition entries. Kathryn Grant 14 Jun 2010
38 Tower Poetry 2010 Love has no Larynx Emily Harrison reads her entry for the 2010 Tower Poetry Competition 'Love has No Larynx'. Emily Harrison 14 Jun 2010
39 Tower Poetry 2010 A Portait Painted Scarfless Julia Goroszeniuk reads her poem 'A Portrait Painted Scarfless', her entry for the 2010 Tower Poetry Competition. Julia Goroszeniuk 14 Jun 2010
40 Tower Poetry 2010 Selkie Katie Woods reads her poem 'Selkie', her entry for the 2010 Tower Poetry Competition. Katie Woods 14 Jun 2010
41 Tower Poetry 2010 Sign Language Hugo Havranek reads his poem 'Sign Language' for the 2010 Tower Poetry Competition. Hugo Havranek 14 Jun 2010
42 Tower Poetry 2009: Introduction Kathryn Grant, the Christopher Tower Poetry Administrator, introduces the 2009 Tower Poetry Competition entries. Kathryn Grant 01 Oct 2009
43 Tower Poetry 2009: Grey Mile Second Prize winning poem for the 2009 Christopher Tower Poetry Prize Competition, written and read by Iona Twistan-Davies of Matthew Arnold School, Oxford. Iona Twistan-Davies 24 Sep 2009
44 Tower Poetry 2009: Three Guesses Third Prize winning poem in the 2009 Christopher Tower Poetry Competition written and read by Paul Merchant of Tonbridge School, Kent. Paul Merchant 24 Sep 2009
45 Tower Poetry 2009: Villanelle Runner-up poem in the 2009 Christopher Tower Poetry Competition written and read by Sophie Stephenson-Wright of St Paul’s Girls’ School, London. Sophie Stephenson-Wright 24 Sep 2009
46 Tower Poetry 2009: Evidence Runner-up poem in the 2009 Christopher Tower Poetry Competition written and read by Emma Jourdan of St Paul’s Girls’ School, London. Emma Jourdan 24 Sep 2009
47 Tower Poetry 2009: Contact Runner-up poem in the 2009 Christopher Tower Poetry Competition written and read by Bethany Aitman of St Paul's Girls School, London. Bethany Aitman 24 Sep 2009
48 Tower Poetry 2008: PDF of all shortlisted entries A pdf file of all shortlisted entries for the 2008 Christopher Tower Poetry Competition. University of Oxford 09 Jun 2009
49 Tower Poetry 2008: We Beasts Runner-up poem in the 2008 Christopher Tower Poetry Competition written and read by Charlotte Geater of Northgate High School, Ipswich, Suffolk. Charlotte Geater 08 Jun 2009
50 Tower Poetry 2008: Sestina 102 ; 26 Runner-up poem in the 2008 Christopher Tower Poetry Competition written and read by Anna Savory of Fort Pitt Grammar School, Chatham, Kent. Anna Savory 08 Jun 2009
51 Tower Poetry 2008: Quickening Runner-up poem in the 2008 Christopher Tower Poetry Competition written and read by Amelia Penny of South Hampshire High School, London. Amelia Penny 08 Jun 2009
52 Tower Poetry 2008: Texting In Church Runner-up poem in the 2008 Christopher Tower Poetry Prize competition, written and read by Richard O’Brien of the Bourne Grammar School, Lincolnshire. Richard O’Brien 08 Jun 2009
53 Tower Poetry 2008: Journey to Hilly Country Second Prize winning poem for the 2008 Christopher Tower Poetry Prize Competition, written and read by Ashley McMullen of The Sixth Form College, Colchester, Essex. Ashley McMullin 08 Jun 2009
54 Tower Poetry 2008: The Five Stages First Prize winning poem for the 2008 Christopher Tower Poetry Prizes Competition written and read by Emily Middleton, The King’s School, Macclesfield, Cheshire. Emily Middleton 08 Jun 2009