JOHN Lennon is dead. Time for a tribute.
The city is going to go Lennon nuts this autumn. It's an anniversary, two actually, one that ends in an 0 since his birth and and another that ends in an 0 since the shooting.
There are many events planned, but for its part, The Beatles Story is searching for the first ever “Liverpool Lennon Poet”.
This is a competition open to anyone in the world and the winning poet will be the first to hold the accolade of Liverpool Lennon Poet 2010. This implies there will be more.
Competition organisers are also hoping to publish the winning works in a Beatle anthology – except they'd better not call it that.
Laureate Carol Ann Duffy has agreed to judge the competition. Poets are encouraged to enter unpublished verses which celebrate a day in the life of, or perhaps the whole of the times of the murdered Beatle..
There are two categories:
*Performance Poet - Poems composed and performed in Liverpool by their writers.
*Paper Poet - Poems submitted by email, which obviously isn't paper, but you get the drift.
The Poet Laureate said: "I'm delighted to judge this competition which honours a famous son of a wonderful city.”
With John Lennon and the Beatles now on the school curriculum, there will also be separate competition aiming to encourage secondary pupils in Merseyside to write and perform their verses at a Schools Poetry Slam on 9 November.
John Lennon Tribute Season is a two-month cultural programme marking 70 years since Lennon's birth and 30 years since his death. The season takes place from 9 October until 9 December 2010 and aims to bring tourists to Liverpool. This event culminates in a Liverpool Lennon Performance Poetry Slam (it's like a rap battle but less intimidating) on 6 November.
The event is also organised by Liverpool-born poet Roger Cliffe-Thompson who, believe it or not, is the official poet for the Arena and Convention Centre. You read correct.
Roger said: “His ideas and sentiments, expressed in his songs, are as relevant today as they were when he wrote them.
"If only he was still alive, Imagine!"
Presumably there wouldn't be a tribute season.
•The closing date for entries to the main competition is September 10, so get your poetry cap on and send your poems to firstname.lastname@example.org
• If you are interested in registering a secondary school for the School Poetry Contest you must do so by 2nd June. Visit www.beatlesstory.com for more.
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