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This is the place: the poem Tony Walsh read at the Manchester attack vigil

The full text of the poem read at the vigil to remember victims of the Manchester terror attack. 

By New Statesman

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If one moment captured the response of Manchester to the terror attacks, it was arguably when Tony Walsh, who writes under the name Longfella, recited his poem, “This is the place”, about the city. 

Originally penned as a commission for the charity Forever Manchester, a charity that funds community activity in the city, Walsh recited a version of it in front of a crowd of thousands. 

Here is the poem in full, reproduced with Walsh’s permission:

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