Professor Deryn Rees-Jones on the panel for Alder Hey poetry competition

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Alder Hey Poetry Competition

Alder Hey Children’s Hospital is searching for poets to celebrate the launch of the Woodland Trust’s Charter for Trees, Woods and People. The Charter is a new guide for UK society to build a future where trees and people stand stronger together.

To mark the launch, Springfield Park, situated next door to Alder Hey, has been selected as one of ten sites across the UK to house a new sculpture.

In addition, members of the public are invited to submit their own poems exploring the theme of trees and woods, with winning poets receiving a £100 Waterstones book voucher. The successful poems will be printed and displayed permanently throughout Springfield Park.

The judging panel will include published poet and writer Harriet Fraser and Deryn Rees-Jones; Liverpool-born poet, and Professor of Poetry at the University of Liverpool. Deryn won the Eric Gregory Award and was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. Her book Burying the Wren (2012) was shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize and was one of the Times Literary Supplement books of the year.

To enter, email 

or via post to:

‘Poetry Competition’

Alder Hey Children’s Hospital

Eaton Road

L12 2AP

Closing date for entries will be Friday 17th November 2017. Winners will be announced Friday 24th November 2017. One entry per person.

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