‘This is the Place - Choose Love, Manchester’, a fundraising book conceived in the wake of the Arena attack, is now officially on sale – and it’s stunning!
The hardback bound coffee table book, priced at £30, 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, many of which are Manchester Digital members. 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.
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 Tony Walsh and the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham.
See the full list of contributors and their work at www.thisistheplacebook.com
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.
The project is the brainchild of James Torry, owner of video and animation production agency Doodledo Motion. James said: “After hearing Tony’s poem it was impossible not to be moved. 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!”
“People have literally put their day jobs on hold to help make this happen and we’re so grateful. The end result is not only visually stunning, but very moving and by supporting these brilliant charities, I know we all feel like we’ve created something really special that we hope will make a real difference. It feels like a project that could only have happened in Manchester.”
The book is available to buy on Amazon and Waterstones; both companies are generously waiving fees to stock the book and are assisting with the fulfilment of orders. The official book launch takes place at the Museum of Science and Industry on the 12th October.