Mancunian Ways Edited by Isabelle Kenyon

4 out of 5 stars

A copy of this was provided free of charge from the publisher in return for an honest review.

There are certain cities in the UK that have a lot of character, London of course, but there are others including Newcastle, Bristol, Liverpool and of course, Manchester. They all have a particular thing about them that makes them distinctively different from other cities.

This distinctiveness can be seen in all elements of the city, from the language to the culture and Manchester is unique in their own special way. One of the publishers in this city is Fly on the Wall Press. They are a social enterprise company and a not for profit publisher who looks to publish short stories and poetry on the pressing issues of our time. This anthology was collected after a call to the creative people of this city.

The anthology is mostly poetry, but there are photographs and some of the art that can be found around the city. It is split into six sections, Northern Dream, Modern Manchester, Northern Spirit, Mancunian History, Northern Grit and Northern Culture and each of the poems for that section, fit the theme.

The sky above Manchester that night,

Beaten to a thin gleam as if

Some brawny northern god

Had hammered a path to the stars

I do have a small confession, I have never been to Manchester, but know a little about it by reputation and music and so on. The thing that I like most about this collection is the diversity of views. There are poems on commuting, rain, cranes that puncture the sky, the homeless and even a love story. Rather than having photos of the main sites of Manchester the photos and artwork show slightly gritty urban streets and locations, i.e. places and people that you will see if you were to walk around the city. One day I will have to visit.

Three Favourite Poems
The Portico
Let There Be Peace

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  1. Liz Dexter

    I spent a bit of time in Manchester when I came to Birmingham University and had a friend there, applied for a job there after library school and went to an alarming event at the Manchester international Festival in 2013. It is pretty rainy!

    • Paul

      Ah right. Did you like it?

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