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The Chris Salmon Poetry Foundation



dot-art Schools


The Chris Salmon Poetry Foundation was set up in memory of Caldy Grammar student and young poet Chris Salmon who died of steptococcal virus in 2009.


The foundation funds educational projects such as the annual poetry competition run inconjuction with Wirral Library Service.The Chris Salmon Poetry Extravaganza started out in 2010 initially as a poetry competition for young people living or attending school in the Wirral area but in 2012 it also opened to aspiring poets of all ages residing to attending school in the Wirral area.

dot-art Schools is an interactive, online, inter-school, art competition, taking part on an annual basis and culminating in an exhibition in Liverpool city centre. Open to primary (year 6) and secondary (year 9) schools in the Liverpool City Region. It is designed to nurture talent, raise ambition, and take art out of the classroom and into the real world. With the current threats to creative subjects on the national curriculum, dot-art Schools offers a way of keeping young people engaged with the arts, allows them to see a creative career path, and encourages them to attend exhibitions and engage with culture, outside of school.

The Merseyside Literature Partnership

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Kaleidoscope is a member of the Merseyside Literature Partnership, a consortium of venues, organisations and university departments offering a wide range of activity in the region.


It consists of The Atkinson, Bluecoat, Circle of Literary Friends, Dead Good Poets Society, Edge Hill University, Kaleidoscope, Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool Poetry Cafe, Mercy, News from Nowhere, North End Writer, The Reader Org, University of Liverpool, The Windows Project, Wirral Festival of Firsts and Writing on the Wall.