Deadline for entries to annual
Christopher Salmon poetry competition fast approaching
DON'T forget to submit your entries for
this year's Christopher Salmon poetry extravaganza before the deadline on 19 January 2018. The Christopher Salmon foundation and Wirral Libraries have
teamed up once again to deliver the annual poetry competition following the
event's huge success in 2016.
Now in its 8th year, the competition 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 the 2017 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 Birkenhead 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
forms should be returned to Diane Mitchell at Birkenhead Library by 19/01/2018.