Liverpool Poem 800

800 poems for 800 years

Entry for birthday poems is now closed. We have successfully collected 800 poems to celebrate 800 years of Liverpool. We this is not the end as we will have some exciting news about an event in the future. Watch this space.

We asked...

Can you write a poem celebrating any aspect of Liverpool's 800 years history? Help us collect together 800 poems by August 28th, the day that celebrates King John's founding of Liverpool in 1207 and his offer of land for rent at one and sixpence a year!

You've got plenty to go at, 800 years is one heck of a time span... so can you write a poem about any aspect of that period; the beginning, medieval times, the mercantile boom, the first big explosion of culture, the slave trade, war, rock and roll, teddy boys, personalities or something bang up to date i.e. 2008?

The list is virtually inexhaustible, we are looking for poems that captures any aspect of our vibrant 'Pool of Life'.


How to enter

Go to the Poems section.

Click on any spot on the Liver building that is not yet coloured in.

Enter your poem, your name and your contact information (contact information will remain confidential). Once you submit your poem, it will be pending acceptance. If selected then that's it, you're in!

Poems will be selected on their originality and suitability and the editors decision is final.

Remember once we have achieved the target of 800 poems the Challenge is closed so get composing and enter ASAP.

All selected poems will be featured on the web site.


Your poem must:

You must:

The legal bit:

By entering you agree to your poem being published (and credited to you) as an anthology at any future date with all profits donated to a Liverpool charity.



A few links to get you started with your research.
West Derby
BBC - A People’s Poem for Liverpool’s Birthday

We won't get this chance again for 800 years so be part of it - lets do it!