Following the Manchester attack on Monday 22 May 2017, Tony Walsh read a poem at the vigil that gave language to our city in a moment when it wasn’t sure what to feel.
The poem has quickly become an iconic piece of literature and spread virally across the globe as a symbol of defiance, unity and love.
Now, over 60 creatives from Manchester, including Peter Saville and Malcolm Garret, are collaborating to turn the poem into a book. Each taking a line or phrase from the poem and responding to create a page which will be compiled, along with forewords from Tony Walsh and Andy Burnham, acknowledgements of supporters and content to honour those who lost their lives in the attack.
The book will be an 88-page hardback coffee table book that marks a tragic moment in time but looks forward with hope for our city, both in content and by supporting three specific charitable funds.
Sponsorship proceeds will be used to support The Emergency fund, set up to support those worst affected; Forever Manchester, supporting young people in Manchester and the original commissioners of the poem; and The Mayor’s Homelessness Fund, aiming to eradicate homelessness from the city.
To date, the project has had coverage in The Guardian, Manchester Evening News, BBC radio, BBC News Online, achieved #1 on Amazon’s New Releases chart and received great feedback on social media.
Click the link to read more about the benefits and find out how you can sponsor the This Is The Place book by Tony Walsh and Friends.
Manchester Emergency Fund:
Mayoral Fund for Homelessness
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