This page is dedicated to people either from or working in Manchester whose work I love and want to shout about.

I would love to hear your opinions on the people or business listed here. If you know someone who deserves a mention let me know.

Photo of Manchester / Salford by Photographer Andrew Brooks
Manchester / Salford by Photographer Andrew Brooks

The first person I want to highlight is Andrew Brooks, a photographer, a digital artist and film maker living in Manchester.

I discovered his work for the first time when I attended his Reality Hack: Hidden Manchester exhibition in the Urbis in 2009 and I’ve been championing his work ever since. If you didn’t see the exhibition check out his online gallery.

His work for MOSI (Museum of Science and Industry) looking at their early computers, steam engines, vintage airplanes etc is simply stunning!

Andrew Brooks photography makes you look at Manchester in a new way and makes you want to explore its secrets for yourself. You can purchase prints from the website, or if you’re into photography, why not attend one of his workshops at MOSI.

You’ll notice that the banner at the top of this site is also by Andrew Brooks. (A big thank you to Andrew for sending me the above two shots).

Check out his website and fascinating gallery here:



The second person I want to highlight is Mike Garry, a poet whose work focuses upon “the beautiful ugliness of the city and its people. His heroes are the underdogs, the outsiders, the people the glossies airbrush out.”

I stumbled upon Mike Garry’s work for the first time only recently, at the “The Hacienda Now” Exhibition opening at the Richard Goodall Gallery.

He performed two poems, ‘Saint Anthony’ and ‘God is a Manc’, one poem from each of his books to date. We were enthralled. I should have bought his second book ‘God is a Manc’ there and then (and got it signed) but I stupidly helped myself to another free glass of wine instead. My priorities were clearly wrong on the night.

I’ll be looking out for his work (or appearances) in future. And yes, I will be buying his books.

Check out his website here. Find out about his workshops here.


3 thoughts on “People

  1. Hey Mike Garry follows me on twitter!! He’s a genius, if you ever see him advertised tell me and I’ll go along too. Hey When I publish a novel can I go on this page?? maybe if it sells a certain number like 5000 copies? I opened a new tab and put my 101-in-1001 list up this weekend. Is that what you’re going to do, new tab?

    • If I hear anything of course I’ll let you know. I’m sure he’ll tweet about it too. (He usually does).

      Yes you can go on this page when you publish your novel. 🙂 I’m open to suggestions if there’s anyone else you think should be featured here.

      I will be putting 101/1001 in a new tab shortly. There’s just something else I need to do first…

      • There’s a super poet called Tony Walsh, also from Manchester, I saw him with Mike Garry in Wigan and the two were mates and they were ace. hmmm. I bet there’s loads of great artists, I’ll have to think. Sophie Hannah is from Manchester, and one of our teachers Anne Calwell is a super poet also from Manchester. We obviously have plenty of poets. 😉

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