Wednesday 18th September 2019


Details of Wirral’s annual celebration of poetry have been released.

The Chris Salmon Poetry Extravaganza takes place annually in memory of poetry-loving Chris Salmon, a student at Calday Grange Grammar School who tragically died from a rare streptococcal infection in February 2009 aged just 15.

The theme of 2015’s competition is ‘Light’. The closing date for applications is 15th January 2015. Entry is free and there are cash prizes for all winners.

Chris’s mother Julie Salmon said: “We are absolutely delighted how much the popularity of the competition has grown, attracting 850 entries last year with the age of the entrants ranging from 5-90 years. We hope that the amount of entrants for the 2015 competition will surpass even last year’s record amount. We are so grateful for the magnificent support we receive from Wirral Council’s Library service as without their support the poetry extravaganza would not exist “.

Cllr Chris Meaden, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport and Culture said: “Last year’s competition saw hundreds of adults and young people send in their poetry. I know the judges had a really difficult decision to make because of the high standards that were set, and this year will be no different.

“It’s always a pleasure to be able to celebrate Chris’s life, and the impact his memory and legacy continues to have on Wirral, thanks to the Salmon family.”

Winners will be invited to read their poems at a Presentation Night on 27th March 2015 at Bromborough Civic Centre. They will also be invited to attend a poetry workshop with a renowned local poet.

Poems will be judged in four categories; Age 11 and Under, Ages 11-16, Age 16-18 and Adults.

Entrants must live in the Wirral area or attend a school or college in the area. The poem should be no longer than 30 lines.

Entries must be on or attached to an official entry form and submitted by 15th January 2015.

Application entry forms can be found at, or from Miss Barney in the English Curriculum Area.

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