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The results of the first Annual James Kirkup Memorial Poetry Competition were announced at a celebratory event at South Shields Central Library on Friday 23rd April 2010 (on what would have been James Kirkup's 92nd birthday).

The winning poem was 'The Timewasters' by Lesley Mountain.

Poet James Kirkup sadly died in Andorra on 11th May 2009; he was ninety-one years old. He continued to write until the end of his life. Red Squirrel Press, who published his last collection of new poems, Marsden Bay, celebrated his life by sharing memories and favourite readings from his work in South Shields Library Theatre on Saturday 13th June 2009.

At the end of the event Red Squirrel Managing Editor Sheila Wakefield launched the James Kirkup Annual Memorial Poetry Competition, created to enable his memory to live on and to enable poets, both new and accomplished, to be published. She announced that the winner's prize would be to have a pamphlet published, and the runners up would be featured in an anthology. "I do not believe in charging for competitions," she added, "so it is free to enter and will remain so."

The anthology contains the winning poem and 23 runners up.

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