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A Poem for Manchester - The Launch
updated 20/04/04
Poet Lemn Sissay talking with BBC GMR A Poem for Manchester was launched on Monday 19th April on BBC GMR and in Piccadilly Gardens, and already the poems have been flooding in!

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Poet Lemn Sissay talking with BBC GMR
presenter Heather Stott
Mick Hucknall
I wish you all the best with A POEM FOR MANCHESTER, what an excellent way to encourage local children to write about our great city and what a prize for the winner to have their words become a part of Manchester forever.
Mick Hucknall, Simply Red.

Many local celebrities have got behind the competition that's looking for a forty word poem about Manchester to be be engraved into the fabric of the planned Piccadilly Place development.

Manchester poet Lemn Sissay on hand at the launch to offer advice, while comedians Steve Coogan and Dave Spikey offered their support.

Simply Red front man Mick Hucknall send his best wishes.

And within minutes of the launch the first entry arrived from Peter Abarney in Wardle.

The competition runs until 28th May when The Poet Laureate, Andrew Motion, will select a short-list of poems from which the public will then be able to vote for the best.

Manchester by Peter Abarney

The pride of the north living and dead,
half dressed in blue, half dressed in red.
Corrie, Arndale, Deansgate, the rain,
flattened by bombings, risen again.
Depicted by Lowry and matchstick men,
still as great, as ever it was then.

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