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Just two weeks to go to enter Chris Salmon memorial poetry competition
2:06pm Friday 11th January 2013 in News
BUDDING Wirral poets have until January 25 to submit their entries for this year’s Chris Salmon poetry extravaganza.
The competition promises to be bigger than ever, with the field widened to allow adult entrants aged 16 and over.
Last year’s event was an enormous success, with more than 400 entrants.
The annual competition, first held in 2010, commemorates the memory of poetry-loving Chris Salmon, a student at Calday Grange Grammar School who tragically died from a rare streptococcal infection in Februaryof 2009 aged just 15.
The theme of this year’s competition is ‘Water’. Cash prizes will be awarded to winners and runners-up in each category, as well as the chance to attend a poetry workshop organised by renowned local poet John Hughes.
The overall winner will become Wirral’s Young Poet Laureate for the following 12 months at an awards ceremony to be held towards the end of April 2013.
The Chris Salmon Foundation was set up in 2009 and has so far raised more than £25,000 in Christopher’s memory.
Besides the poetry competition the Foundation donates to educational projects and trustees are hoping to raise enough funds to establish specialist research into the condition that affected Christopher.
Entry forms are available from schools and at www.chrissalmon.org.uk. Completed entry forms can be emailed to Diane Mitchell at email@example.com or handed in to Birkenhead Central Library by January 25.