Poetry competition for young people launches

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An annual poetry competition set up in memory of a Calday Grammar School pupil has launched.

The Christopher Salmon Poetry Competition is named after the 15-year-old, who passed away suddenly in 2009 from a rare streptococcal infection.

He had hopes of becoming an author and dreamt of studying Russian and English at Oxford University.

His parents Julie and Rich Salmon told West Kirby Today: “After he passed away, we discovered a sheaf of poems he had written and hidden away in his room.

“This gave us the idea to launch a poetry competition in his name in order to encourage other young people to express themselves, with confidence, through the medium of poetry.”

The 2024 competition is open to entrants aged 19 or under who live or are being educated in Wirral, and is run in conjunction with Wirral Libraries and Wirral Poetry Festival.

The theme for this year’s competition is ‘dream’. A £100 prize is awarded to the winner in each of the five different age categories. The closing date is 28 March.

More information, and an application form, can be found at https://wirralpoetryfestival.org.uk/christopher-salmon-poetry-competition-2024/