Roger McGough announces finalists in Liverpool Gin poetry competition

Kirby’s Dominic Martin bags first place in national search for UK’s next big name poet

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Dominic Martin (34) from West Kirby has today (National Poetry Day, Thursday 4 October) been announced by iconic Liverpudlian poet, Roger McGough, as the winner of the Liverpool Gin Poetry Competition, which celebrates 10 years since the city was made Capital of Culture.

Liverpool Gin and Liverpool poet Roger McGough teamed up earlier this year to find the UK’s next big names in poetry and encourage budding writers to wax lyrical about the city … and they did, in their droves, with some 250 people entering the competition in total.

The list was whittled down to a shortlist of 50, from which McGough chose his top three.

Dominic Walsh came in first place with his poem ‘A Scouse Weekend’, followed by Sarah Hadland with ‘The Source’ and Mary Scanlon with ‘Liverpool Lines’.

As winner, Dominic will enjoy a meet and greet with Roger McGough at the new City of Liverpool Distillery, as part of a cultural weekend in the city, which includes tickets to its biggest attractions. All finalists will receive a signed Roger McGough book of poetry book and a bottle of Liverpool Gin.

Speaking of his win, Dominic said: “I was surprised but delighted to get this news today, so thanks to Roger for choosing me. I’ve been writing poetry since 2009, although not consistently, and this has given me fresh impetus to keep going. I’m looking forward to meeting Roger at the City of Liverpool Distillery and finding out if he can share any tips!

Liverpool Gin’s Leanne Ware said: “We’ve been amazed at both the number of entries and also the talent that’s out there. It was hard enough choosing a shortlist of 50, never mind a top three, but it’s been an absolute pleasure to read all the poems and find out what people are saying about this great city. We’re delighted to be able to announce our finalists on National Poetry Day and hope our competition has ignited a creative spark in people that will inspire them to continue with their writing.

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