Oxford Brookes will participate in National Poetry Day with a range of events this year. On Thursday October 2, the Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre will run a series of ‘pop-up’ poetry readings at venues in the city and on the Gipsy Lane, Wheatley and Harcourt Hill campuses.
Run by the Forward Arts Foundation, National Poetry Day was founded in 1994 by William Sieghart, and has engaged millions of people across the country in reading, writing and listening to poetry.
In Oxford, twenty local and regional poets will perform at the Old Fire Station, Gloucester Green, Blackwell’s Bookshop, Broad Street, Albion Beatnik Bookshop, Jericho and the Castle Quarter. The day will conclude with a grand finale of performance poetry at the Catweazle Club on the Cowley Road in the evening, beginning at7.30pm.
On campus listen out for poetry readings at The Forum in JHBB, Blackwell’s Bookshop, Simon Williams Undergraduate Centre at Wheatley and at Harcourt Hill.
This is the first time that the Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre has organised such a range of events to celebrate National Poetry Day, and it is an important role to undertake in order to underline, and to facilitate, the widespread interest there is in poetry across the city and the region. Poetry is not just confined to books and classrooms, and our aim is to remind people, firstly, of the entertainment value to be gleaned from the sharing of poetry and, secondly, of the merits of public, performed poetry.
Dr Eóin Flannery, Reader in Irish literature and Director of Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre
The event is further celebrated by the release of the Memorable Poem video project, in which students and staff discuss their favourite poems or see below, which includes contributions from students and staff, including the Vice Chancellor.
The Poetry Centre will also launch a campus-wide creative writing competition on the day on the theme of ‘Well Being’ with free entry for all staff and students.