Entries invited for annual
Christopher Salmon poetry competition
THE Christopher Salmon foundation and
Wirral Libraries are once again pleased to announce that the Christopher Salmon
poetry extravaganza will be returning for 2018 following the event's huge
success last year. The competition will be launched this month as part of Wirral
Libraries' poetry week.
The annual poetry competition, now in its 8th year, began as a tribute to former
Calday Grammar School student Christopher Salmon who tragically lost his life to
a rare streptococcal infection in February 2009, aged just 15.
The theme for this year's competition is:- "memories'' and is open to
Wirral residents of all ages. Both winners and runners up in each age category
will be awarded cash prizes and will be given the chance to attend a workshop
with renowned local poet John Hughes. The prizes will be presented by Mr. Hughes
at an awards evening for the winners and their families, at Wallasey Town Hall.
The overall winner for the aged 18 or under category will also become Wirral's
Young Poet Laureate for the following 12 months; with all winning poems being
published in an anthology which will be available for purchase.
Chris's Parents Julie and Rich Salmon said:- "We are absolutely delighted
that the competition has grown so much in popularity and now attracts entrants
whose ages range from 4 to 94. It is wonderful to be able to do something
positive and creative in Christopher's memory which captures the imagination of
so many talented people."
The Christopher Salmon Foundation was set up in 2009 and has so far raised
almost ₤50,000 for charity in Christopher's memory. Full details of this
year's competition and official entry forms will be available from Wirral
libraries and on the charity's
Completed forms should be returned to Diane Mitchell at Birkenhead Library by