To celebrate Liverpool’s maritime tradition the Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Sharon Sullivan has sponsored a poetry competition.

Entitled Mezzanine of Maritime the competition was open to 12-18s and over 18s and entries were related to the rich association Liverpool has with sea.

Poems were about all aspects of Maritime life; Tales of heroism and strife, life at sea, Dockers humour and the Carers that look after our ‘Old Salts’ are just some of the sources of inspiration writers drew from. 

A wonderful night of poetry was enjoyed on Friday 22nd March by all to celebrate Liverpool’s Maritime Tradition in the magnificent surrounding of  Liverpool’s Town Hall.

Blackburne House are delighted to report that Anne Evans, from our 2012-2013 Creative Writing course was declared winner in the over 18s category for her poem “My Father’s Voyages”.

Ann has recently taken early retirement from the NHS. She’d like to spend some of her new ‘freedom’ developing imaginative writing. Working as an ultrasound radiographer in different healthcare settings – Ann has sometimes taken inspiration from her workplace, and the people she has met there, to write both poetry and prose.

To read the finalists poetry and for more information on the event, click here 


The event was sponsored by the Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Sharon Sullivan and hosted by Roger Cliffe-Thompson.

Judges included : Roger Phillips – Radio Merseyside: Jeff Dunn- Schools liaison officer: Alison Chisholm-Windows Project and Liverpool Lord Mayor Councillor Sharon Sullivan.

The judges have also decided that the finalists’ poems were of such quality that they will definitely be included in the forthcoming book of poems called ‘Mezzanine of Maritime’ in aid of the Sea Cadets.

Anne’s work, including ‘My Father’s Voyages’ forms part of the newly released book of poetry and photography ‘Snapshot of Voices’ from Blackburne House. The book is a collection of poetry from our Creative Writing students and photography from our digital photography students and is available to purchase from Blackburne House Reception and News From Nowhere Book Shop on Bold Street Liverpool.

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