Manchester vigil poem book launched in commemoration of Arena attack

‘This is the Place - Choose Love, Manchester’, a fundraising book conceived in the wake of the Arena attack, is now officially on sale.

The hardback bound coffee table book contains unique illustrations, designs and photographs set against lines from Tony Walsh’s Manchester vigil poem. 61 Manchester creatives have each interpreted the poem visually, including Code Computerlove.

The roll call is extensive including world-renowned agencies and designers such as Peter Saville (New Order, Joy Division, Factory Records designer) and Malcolm Garrett (Buzzcocks designer). The book also contains personal messages from renowned poet Tony Walsh and the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham.

Tony Walsh said: “After performing the poem at the vigil, I realised the words had taken on a new depth and poignancy. They’ve become part of the fabric of the city. People have used them in music, in art, on buildings...it’s been remarkable. The idea of bringing the words to life and producing a lasting symbol of hope for the city was perfect to me.”

It’s rumoured that famous Mancunian Noel Gallagher has requested his own personal copy of the book after becoming a fan of Tony’s work.

James Torry, owner of Doodledo Motion, the video and animation agency behind the project, commented on Walsh's poem: "It gave a city that was struggling at the time to know what to think or feel, some language to articulate it. I couldn’t have imagined how incredible the response from the creative community has been and the extraordinary lengths they would go to!”

Profits from the book are going to Manchester based charities Forever Manchester, We Love MCR Emergency Fund and The Greater Manchester Mayor’s Homelessness Fund.

See the full list of contributors and their work here.

Andy Black

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