Tony Walsh gifts poem This Is The Place to people of Greater Manchester
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Poet Tony Walsh is gifting usage of his poem This Is The Place to a charity supporting communities in Greater Manchester. The verses captured the response of the city after a terror attack at an Ariana Grande show last May killed 22 concert-goers. The poet, who writes under the name Longfella, recited the piece at the vigil for the victims of the bombing at Manchester Arena and later at the One Love Manchester concert and it came to symbolise the defiant response to the attack. Walsh has announced he is gifting usage of the work and associated royalties to the Forever Manchester charity, which initially commissioned it in 2013, to support grassroots community activity. He said: “This Is The Place has entered the fabric of the city in a way an artist can only dream of. “Every day I receive a request to use the poem in all sorts of different ways and people stop me in the street to tell me how it has helped or affected their lives.
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