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 a total of £5000 in prize money each year to six young poets with a first prize of £3000. £150 is also awarded to each of the winners' schools to fund resources for aspiring young writers and poets.

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.

Useful Links

Arts Festival sites

FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival

Held annually in spring, there are children and schools events as well as creative writing programmes.


Annual music festival with growing poetry events held in Suffolk.

Ledbury Poetry Festival

Annual ten day poetry festival held in July in Herefordshire.

The Poetry Trust

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


Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award


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

Manchester Writing Competition

Includes a £200 prize for 18-25 year olds.

Poetry by Heart

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


The Gallery Press

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

Oxford Poetry

Published twice a year, Oxford Poetry is the oldest poetry magazine in the world.

The Poetry Kit

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


Interviews, reviews and poetry

Resources for Poets

Every Poet

Includes an online forum and classic poems.

The Guardian Poetry Workshop

Each month a different poet sets a writing exercise and chooses their favourite responses.

Poetry Out Loud

Historical poetry recordings.

Sit Down and Write

Tips for budding poets.


Resources for Teachers

British Library

Find pages written by the British Library’s experts on poetry

National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE)


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

National Poetry Library

Housing the Arts Council Collection at South Bank Centre, London

Poetry Archive

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

Poetry Book Society

Founded by T S Eliot in 1953, the PBS provides information, advice and discounts on poetry books

Poetry Class

A collection of learning resources from The Poetry Society.


An English teaching online site with almost 12,000 resources

Oxford's Poetry Scene

Christ Church, University of Oxford

Home of Tower Poetry

Clutag Press

A small but prestigious poetry press sponsored, in part, by Tower Poetry

University of Oxford

Check it out for poetry debates and the Professor of Poetry’s public lectures each term

Oxford Brookes 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.