Will you be the next big poet?

The date for submission has now passed. A shortlist of 50 poems will be selected by Liverpool Gin to be read by Roger McGough, who will pick three finalists including a winner which will be announced on National Poetry Day, October 4th 2018.

Liverpool Gin and Liverpool poet Roger McGough have teamed up to find the UK’s next big names in poetry and are encouraging budding poets from all over the UK to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) and start waxing lyrical.

To launch the search, inspire the nation and to celebrate ten years on from Liverpool being named European Capital of Culture, McGough has penned a poem of his own, extolling the virtues of his home city’s famous dish – Scouse – to coincide with Global Scouse Day.


Global Scouse Day

We became European Capital of Culture in two thousand and eight
So let’s celebrate ten years by stepping up to the plate
And what’s on the plate? I’ll give you a clue,
While Scousers the world over tuck into our stew

They’re scoffing scouse in Sydney while surfing on Bondi Beach
In Rekjavik they like it thick, lots of vodka within reach

There’s tartan scouse in Inverness wi’ whisky, neeps and tatties
In Mumbai they add curry paste and make sarnies with chapatis

A million clicking chopsticks mix scouse with rice in China
Japanese guzzling sushi-scouse agree there’s nothing finer

In the middle east they love to feast on scouse (they like it blind)
With peaches, dates and aubergines, and lemons (including rind)

Spanish mums add saffron to make it nice and yeller
‘Ole’ they shout when they bring it out...’Come and get yer scouse paella!’

The best Italian restaurants serve scouse-filled ravioli
In Rome, His Holiness has blessed our dish and made it holy

In every greasy spoon, every gastronomic venue
Today’s a day to celebrate, for scouse is on the menu

So write your verses, send them in, ‘cos we’re all on a mission
To fly the flag for Poetry, in this brand new competition.

Entrants must be based in the UK and be 18 or over. Poetry submissions must be original pieces of work. Special consideration will be given to entries referencing Liverpool’s cultural excellence and/or aspects relating to Liverpool Gin. Submissions must be no longer than 200 words. Deadline for entries is midnight on April 30th 2018. The overall winner will be announced on National Poetry Day, October 4th 2018. Three finalists will receive a bottle of Liverpool Gin and a signed poetry collection from Roger McGough. One overall winner will also receive a meet and greet with Roger McGough as part of a cultural weekend in Liverpool.

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