St Helens primaries poetry competition hailed as a success

Organiser Paul Delaney with the competition winners
Organiser Paul Delaney with the competition winners

The inaugural St Helens primary school’s poetry festival took place on Monday evening at St Thomas of Canterbury Primary School in Eccleston.

The brainchild of local poet and author Paul Delaney, the final celebration event was the culmination of weeks of creative writing workshops, consisting of children from nine St Helens primary schools, performing a wonderful selection of their own modern poetry.

Youngsters who took part in the poetry festival

Youngsters who took part in the poetry festival

Poet Paul Delaney worked with every school, developing their children’s poetry writing and also focussing upon the performance aspect too.

Chosen children from every participating school attended a final event on Monday (July 4), which was a fantastic evening, celebrating the children’s creative writing.

“The event was a huge success,” said Paul, who has five books already published.

“Parents and teachers loved the whole process, especially the celebration evening, so I’m sure we’ll repeat the whole process next year too, hopefully with a few more schools on board!”

Further information about Paul can be found at www.pdelaney.co.uk

The winning children were:

First: Sam Hill (Robin’s Lane Primary)

Second: Daisy Wilson (St Thomas of Canterbury primary)

Third: Katie Mingay (Garswood Primary)