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Tony Walsh reads his poem 'This is the Place' at the vigil in May
A Manchester poet is donating proceeds from the poem "This is The Place" to a charity that supports grassroots community projects.Tony Walsh's poem became a symbol of defiance when he read it before a crowd of thousands at a vigil for the Manchester Arena attack victims.He said future royalties would go to Forever Manchester, which originally commissioned the piece.The full-time poet said it was a way to "give something back" to the city.He said it was "an honour and a privilege" to be asked to perform at the vigil the day after the 22 May terrorist attack that killed 22 people.
The poem became a symbol of defiance after it was read at the Albert Square vigil
"People ask me if I wrote it (the poem) on the day, but I didn't, it was commissioned by Forever Manchester to sum up the passion, the history of Greater Manchester."The version I did in the square has about 12 or 16 lines missing which say 'if you feel like this about our city then we're the charity for you'. "But at the end of the poem where I say 'This is the place, we should give something back', this is me trying to do that now with the poem."
Thousands of people who gathered outside Manchester Town Hall for the vigil heard the recital
He said so far the poem had raised about "People think they don't like poetry, the equate it with classical music. But there are as many types of poetry as there are types of music and I try and make my poetry both easy to understand and make people feel something with it."
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