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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 Media Files
1 Tower Poetry 2014: Schiamachy Runner up to the 2014 Tower Poetry competition, Phoebe Stuckes, reads her poem, 'Schiamachy'. Phoebe Stuckes 03 Jun 2014
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2 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
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3 Creative Commons Tower Poetry 2014: Voyager Runner up to the 2014 Tower Poetry competition, Charlie Holmes, 'Voyager'. Charlie Holmes 03 Jun 2014
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4 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
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5 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
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6 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
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7 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
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8 Tower Poetry 2013: Research Luke van den Barselaar reads his entry for the 2013 Tower Poetry Competition. Luke van den Barselaar 10 Jul 2013
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9 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
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10 Creative Commons Tower Poetry 2013: The Devil Erin Tunney reads her entry to the 2013 Tower Poetry Competition. Erin Tunney 10 Jul 2013
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11 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
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12 Creative Commons Tower Poetry 2013: Origins Azfa Ali reads her entry to the 2013 Tower Poetry Competition. Azfa Ali 10 Jul 2013
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13 Tower Poetry 2012: Maiden Voyage Millie Guille reads her entry to the 2012 Tower Poetry Competition. Millie Guille 08 May 2012
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14 Tower Poetry 2012: The Sirens Tell Their Tale Hannah Tran reads her entry to the 2012 Tower Poetry Competition. Hannah Tran 08 May 2012
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15 Tower Poetry 2012: Papa's Epilogue Sarah Fletcher reads her entry for the 2012 Tower Poetry Competition. Sarah Fletcher 08 May 2012
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16 Tower Poetry 2012: Postcards Lucy Hely-Hutchinson reads her entry for the 2012 Tower Poetry Competition. Lucy Hely-Hutchinson 08 May 2012
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17 Tower Poetry 2012: Balloon Song Bethan Smith reads her entry for the 2012 Tower Poetry Competition. Bethan Smith 08 May 2012
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18 Tower Poetry 2011 Wires Elizabeth Johnson, winner of the 2011 Tower Poetry Competition, reads her poem Wires. Elizabeth Johnson 03 Oct 2011
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19 Tower Poetry 2011 Simple Abigail Richards reads her entry for the 2011 Tower Poetry competition. Simple. Abigail Richards 03 Oct 2011
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20 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
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21 Tower Poetry 2010 - Introduction Kathryn Grant, the Christopher Tower Poetry Administrator, introduces the 2010 Tower Poetry Competition entries. Kathryn Grant 14 Jun 2010
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22 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
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23 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
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24 Tower Poetry 2010 Selkie Katie Woods reads her poem 'Selkie', her entry for the 2010 Tower Poetry Competition. Katie Woods 14 Jun 2010
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25 Tower Poetry 2010 Sign Language Hugo Havranek reads his poem 'Sign Language' for the 2010 Tower Poetry Competition. Hugo Havranek 14 Jun 2010
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26 Tower Poetry 2009: Introduction Kathryn Grant, the Christopher Tower Poetry Administrator, introduces the 2009 Tower Poetry Competition entries. Kathryn Grant 01 Oct 2009
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27 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
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28 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
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29 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
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30 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
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31 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
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32 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
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33 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
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34 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
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35 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
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36 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
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37 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
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38 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
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