Everyone at Halton Libraries loves poetry and staff have become aware of the area’s incredibly talented poets of all ages.

Therefore, as part of our #MakeFest estival, Halton Borough Council is launching a poetry competition.

It’s time to channel your inner Worsdsworth, Tennyson, John Cooper Clarke Pam Ayes, Simon Armitage or Benjamin Zephaniah.

Halton Borough Council’s Executive Board Member for Libraries, Cllr Phil Harris, said: “We would like you to compose a poem around the theme of The Power of Books.

“It can be in any style of poetry whether that be a haiku, free verse, acrostic or even a limerick!”

There are three categories:
• 6-11 years
• 12-16 years
• 17+

You can submit entries from Monday 1 March and must be in by Wednesday 1 April.

To enter, please send your poems during that time to HLELIB@halton.gov.uk . or hand them in at your nearest Halton Library.

The winners will be at the end of April and the winning poems will be displayed in our libraries, on our website and read out at a special event on our social media. There will also be a prize for each category winner.