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.

Poetry by Heart
A free national poetry recitation competition for 7-18 year olds at school in England, with a website of poetry collections and useful resources for students and teachers.


Have You Read?

Tower Poetry celebrates poetry; and celebrating poetry means celebrating diversity. Poetic tradition is enormous, and capacious: it is a standing rebuke to the injustices and prejudices of the world. We've put together a short introductory selection of links to the lives and work of important poets who were or are people of colour, and we share them here, to show something of the resistant strength of poetry in the world. Happy discoveries!

Audre Lorde; Ben Okri; Benjamin Zephaniah; Danez Smith; Deanna Rodger; Derek Walcott; Erica Hunt; Grace Nichols; Gwendolyn Brooks; James Baldwin; James Berry; Jay Bernard; Jericho Brown; John Agard; John Warner Smith; June Jordan; Karisma Price; Kiki Petrosino; Langston Hughes; Lucille Clifton; Maya Angelou; Nikky Finney; Porsha Olayiwola; Raymond Antrobus; Rita Dove; Valerie Bloom.


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

Onyx Magazine
A publication celebrating Black writers, featuring poetry and short stories.

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.

Resources for Poets

Centre for Literacy - Advice for Young Poets 
Interviews from renowned poets and writers aimed at aspiring young 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.

Sit Down and Write
Tips for budding poets.

Young Poets Network
The Poetry Society’s online platform for young poets up to the age of 25.

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
Find poetry debates and the Professor of Poetry’s public lectures each term on the university's site.

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.