Over 60 creatives from Manchester, including Peter Saville and Malcolm Garret, collaborated with Tony Walsh to turn his ‘This Is the Place’ poem into a book. The book is now on sale for £30 with all proceeds going to three Greater Manchester charities.
Following the Manchester attack on Monday 22nd May 2017, Tony Walsh read the ‘This Is the Place’ poem at the vigil that gave language to our city in a moment when it wasn’t sure what to feel. The poem, which was originally written for Forever Manchester, has quickly become an iconic piece of literature and spread cross the globe as a symbol of defiance, unity and love.
The book is 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.
The creatives have taken a line or phrase from the poem and created a page compiled with, along with forewords from Tony Walsh and Andy Burnham, acknowledgements of supporters and content to honour those who lost their lives in the attack.
Listen to this exclusive interview with James Torry from Doodledoo Motion – the man behind the book. In this interview, James talk about what has become a truly unique creative project.
The proceeds from the book will be split equally across the following three charities: Forever Manchester, We Love MCR Emergency Fund and The Greater Manchester Mayor’s Homelessness Fund. The money raised from the book will help fund brighter futures for young people, the homeless community of Greater Manchester and strengthen communities and enrich local life by inspiring local people to do extraordinary things together.
For more information please visit the This Is the Place Book website.