A book conceived in the wake of the Manchester Arena attack in May 2017 has been published, featuring over 60 local creatives including Peter Saville and Malcolm Garrett. This is the Place – Choose Love, Manchester is based around Tony Walsh’s vigil poem, with each artwork interpreting the dedication visually. Created by James Torry, owner of video and animation production agency Doodledo Motion, and compiled, designed and produced by Glorious Creative, the book’s profits will go to charities Manchester charities Forever Manchester, We Love MCR Emergency Fund and The Greater Manchester Mayor’s Homelessness Fund.
The mammoth list of contributors includes creatives and studios of all sorts, such as Craig Oldham, Music, Mr Scruff, Love, True North, TBWA Manchester and Tony Walsh himself, and features lively and colourful illustrated, photographic and graphical artworks set against different lines from the poem.
“After hearing Tony’s poem it was impossible not to be moved,” says James of the project’s beginnings. “It gave a city that was struggling at the time to know what to think or feel, some language to articulate it. Being part of such a strong creative sector, I knew that we could come together, use the words and make something beautiful and hopeful for Manchester – but I couldn’t have imagined how incredible the response from the creative community has been and the extraordinary lengths they would go to.”
This is the Place – Choose Love, Manchester is on sale now, with Amazon and Waterstones waiving fees to stock the book. Find out more details and the full list of contributors at www.thisistheplacebook.com.