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 Over the past three months Belle Vale Shopping Centre has been inviting visitors to get creative and rhyme their way to a free Kindle E-Reader. This competition was run as part of Gateacre School’s BIG Little Library project and their campaign to help improve literacy in the community.

 The Poetry competition was open to two age categories, children aged 5 – 16 years old and adults over 17 years. To enter, shoppers were asked to write a poem which would then be reviewed by the judges and a winner selected from both categories. There was no set theme which meant all the entries were different and highly creative, as each author used his or her own inspiration. All the entries were dropped off at The BIG Little Library, the pop-up community library on Hedgefield Mall in the shopping centre.

The competition proved to be popular and a winner from each category has been chosen. Leighton Maher, aged 11 from Netherley, won the children’s category and Sandra Bynoe, from Woolton won the adults category. Both winners recently visited Belle Vale Shopping Centre to collect their prize from Centre Manger Paul Wilson. To read the winning entries, visit and click on the news section of the websitePaul Wilson commented, ‘The management team was thoroughly impressed with the standard of poems but in the end there could be only two winners. Young Leighton really stood out with a fantastic poem inspired by the novel The War Horse, which he is currently studying at school. We wish him all the best and hope his new Kindle will help in the classroom and keep him reading in his spare time too. Sandra also submitted a brilliant and witty poem based on Belle Vale Shopping Centre and revealed the fun, feel-good factor of shopping with us.’

If you want to know more about The BIG Little Library, visit them on Hedgefield Mall next to Snips. The next event at the library is for Elmer’s Day on Saturday 28th May where families can enjoy free mask making, face painting and games including pin the truck on Elmer. A children’s craft club takes place every Monday between 3:30pm and 4:30pm and keen knitters can join the Needle Nuts club each Wednesday between 12pm and 1pm to improve their knitting or crochet skills and enjoy a good natter.

Poems (2) Sandra Bynoe