• Oxford University Poetry Society

    The Oxford University Poetry Society aims to be the centre of poetic life within the University of Oxford. Established in 1946, OUPS is one of the oldest and most active student poetry societies in the UK, making Oxford a wonderful place for aspiring poets and poetry lovers.


    2019-2020 is a big year for us. In previous years we have welcomed the likes of Sarah Howe, Don Paterson, Bernard O'Donoghue, Michael Longley, Alice Oswald, Andrew McMillan, Jack Underwood, Kei Miller and Vahni Capildeo, and the coming three terms are looking to be just as exciting - our term card will be coming soon! We have workshops and reading groups, socials and group trips, poetry readings and open-mics, competitions, and collaborations with other societies in Oxford. We're very welcoming, so come along to as many events as you can!


    Make sure you sign up to our mailing list, and contact us if you have any questions; our email addresses are all below.

  • The Ash

    The Ash Hilary '19 is still available to order to Oxford college addresses.

    ASH Trinity '19

    ASH Trinity '19

    Coming soon
    The Ash Hilary 2020

    The Ash Hilary 2020

    On hiatus due to term being suspended, but we will deliver next term!
    Coming soon
    The Ash Michaelmas 2019

    The Ash Michaelmas 2019

    Coming soon
    ASH Michaelmas '18

    ASH Michaelmas '18


    ASH HT '19 has unfortunately sold out.
    Edited by Alex Matraxia and Sammy Moriarty.
    Coming soon
  • Hilary 2021 Termcard

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    Considering Science Through Poetry: An Evening with Zoë Hitzig

    Thursday 28th January (2nd week), 7pm

    Join us for an insight into the intersection between poetry and economics with Zoë Hitzig, Harvard Economics PhD candidate and author of Mezzanine (Ecco, 2020).

    We will be talking about the ways in which poetry can contribute to the scientific world: can poetry help us to understand scientific problems where rational thought falls short?

    Featuring readings of Zoë's poetry.

    OUPS x CUPPS Workshop : 'Seed'

    Tuesday February 9th (4th week), 7pm

    On Tuesday, 9 February (4th week) at 7pm, OUPS will host a joint reading-workshop with the Cambridge University Poetry and Prose Society. Submit your poems on the theme of "seed" by Saturday, 6 February, then come along to read and discuss with other poets from Oxford and Cambridge. Sign-up link to follow soon.

    More events to be announced soon.



  • A Brief History of Oxford Poetry

    It’s difficult to walk around Oxford without thinking about all the iconic writers who once walked its streets as students: John Donne and Philip Sidney, Shelley and Oscar Wilde, Hopkins and Arnold, Betjeman and Larkin, Auden and Eliot, Graves and Wendy Cope, and, more recently, Alice Oswald and Michael Symmons Roberts. Oxford has always inspired poetry and pushed poetry forward, and OUPS hopes to be a space in which the same can happen today.


    OUPS itself has a long history, dating back to 1946, when it was founded by Martin Starkie. Its past presidents have included Caroline Bird and Vidyan Ravinthiran. We have a long tradition of hosting acclaimed writers, such as Ted Hughes, Dylan Thomas and, more recently, Paul Muldoon, Daljit Nagra, Alice Oswald, Andrew Motion and many others. Another Oxford tradition going back to 1708 is the Professorship of Poetry, currently held by Simon Armitage. In the past it has included WH Auden, Robert Graves, Matthew Arnold, Paul Muldoon, Seamus Heaney, and Geoffrey Hill. There are many practising poets teaching at Oxford University, too, such as Bernard O Donoghue, Peter McDonald, Jane Griffiths and Jane Draycott.

  • Committee (2020-2021)


    Anna Seidel, President

    Anna Seidel is a Dutch-German economist and writer, currently completing an MSt in Creative Writing at the University of Oxford alongside a career in finance working for a leading US-based investment firm.

    She previously read at the University of St.Gallen, Switzerland and Harvard University, graduating with a bachelor‘s degree in economics, business finance and philosophy. As a writer, she published a novella in the German-speaking markets while in high-school and successfully participated in National Short Story Competitions winning the A.E. Johann Literature Prize. Her poetic work has been published in Stanford University‘s Literature Journal Mantis, Stand, Brittle Star, Marble Poetry, Porridge, Inkwell and Frontier Poetry among others. While working in the field of finance and economics, she explored poetry as a powerful tool to navigate analytical challenges and support complex reasoning and aims to contribute this understanding of using poetry as a conceptual thinking tool to contemporary cultural debates.


    Please feel free to reach out via email or on our social media accounts to discuss any ideas, pitches and contributions to the OUPS.

    Maggie Wang, Vice President

    Maggie Wang is a second year studying history and economics at Pembroke College. Her poetry has appeared in K'in, Shards, the Literary Nest, Wend Poetry, and Not Very Quiet, among others.


    When not writing haphazard verse or tutorial essays, she enjoys playing the piano and exploring nature.


    Anna Roberts,

    Secretary and Social Media Manager

    Anna Roberts is a second year English student at Somerville College. She is a keen reader of poetry, and is the sort of person who loves Wuthering Heights. She started to enjoy writing poetry in her first year, and one of her poems was published in The Mays Anthology in 2020.


    Although most of her poetry stays very roughly drafted in a Word document, she is also interested in art and fashion, and enjoys painting and illustrating her poems on paper.


    Lise Cazzoli, Treasurer

    Lise is a third year DPhil student in International Development. When she is not writing about hurricane survivors or pretending to save the world on Caribbean beaches, she can be found procrastinating at Blackwell’s Café with the excuse of “writing poetry”. She write poems in English as a second language, and paint evocative contemporary seascapes. Some of her work has been published in Oxford publications such as ASH and Pekes and Pollicles, and can be found here: https://www.instagram.com/lise.cazzoli/.


    As Treasurer, she is happy to discuss any funding issue you may have at lise.cazzoli@st-annes.ox.ac.uk.

    Eira Murphy, ASH Editor

    Eira Murphy is a second year English student at St Catherine’s College. She is a previous winner of the Foyle Young Poet of the Year Award and the Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine. She is also the Young Poet Laureate for Liverpool, and has been commissioned to write for WOWfest, the Michael Causer Foundation, The Liverpool Athenaeum, and recently collaborated on work which formed part of The Errant Muse exhibition at the Victoria Gallery. Eira was also invited to support Simon Armitage on his Laureate Library Tour.


    Eira enjoys thinking about the intersection between poetry and visual art, and is a fan of Wanda Coleman, Jorie Graham, and Pipilotti Rist.

    Dot Foster, ASH Editor

    Dot Foster is studying English at Wadham, where she co-founded the Wadham Poetry Collective last year as a way of bringing writers across the Oxford community together.

    She has just co-edited the group's first publication, Poetry in Practice and is also working as part of the Cuntry Living team this year. Dot has performed her poetry at Shambala Festival 2018 and has also read at several Oxford venues such as Freud. Her first short play, Sisyphus, won the OUDS New Writing Festival 2020.


    In her spare time she writes songs for her band and enjoys collaging and photography, which she incorporates into short films that explore the connection between poetry and the visual arts.

    Byrne Gerry, Events Coordinator

    Gerry Byrne is a psychoanalytic child psychotherapist who has worked for over 34 years in the NHS, and now commencing a part-time DPhil in Social Policy and Intervention at the University of Oxford. He first studied Celtic Languages and Literature at UCD, Dublin before moving to England to pursue his career as a psychiatric nurse and psychotherapist. He has a life-long interest in poetry and literature and has run conferences and conversations bringing together people from the worlds of literature, art and psychotherapy/psychoanalysis. He is particularly interested in the role and power of metaphor in word and image to represent the human experience in ways that can lead to understanding and transformation.


    He is author of a children’s picture book, All at Sea, published by Walker Books about a little boy who has bad dreams following the arrival of a new baby, and has published translations of the Irish poet Sean Ó Ríordáin in Modern Poetry in Translation.

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  • Donors

    Supporting Oxford University Poetry Society

    Oxford University Poetry Society runs on the generosity of those who want to see poetry in Oxford thrive.

    Special thanks to those who have donated on our GoFundMe:


    Mary-Lucille Hindmarch

    Kate Paul

    Sandy Fraser

    Laura Lamont

    Lorraine Fraser-Leonard

    Andy Leonard

    Vahni Capildeo

    Jeremy Noel-Tod

    Rishi Dastidar

    Michael Donkor


    Donations can be made on our GoFundMe: