The launch night of the Chris Salmon Poetry Extravaganza took place on National Poetry Day, 7th October 2010, and the competition is now officially open for entries. The Poetry Extravaganza is in honour of Chris Salmon, a student at Calday Grange Grammar School, who tragically passed away in February 2009 at the age of 15.
The competition is open to all primary, secondary and sixth form students on the Wirral, with cash prizes for all winners and runners up in each age category, and the “Chris Salmon Cup” for the overall winner. The overall winner will also be appointed the Wirral Young Poet Laureate 2011, and, as such, will be commissioned to write and read poems for public and civic events. The event is funded by The Chris Salmon Foundation.
The announcement of the winners and presentation of the prizes will take place at the Bromborough Civic Centre in April 2011, to coincide with what would have been Chris’s 18th birthday. The well known local poet Levi Tafari will be the special guest on the night.
This year’s theme is “Peace”, and the entry form can be found here.