Children from St Anne’s in Ancoats were massively excited when iconic poet and performer Tony Walsh visited Manchester Libraries to talk about his love of books and poetry.  In a performance to celebrate National Poetry Day on 7 October, Tony read his poem ‘There’s a Book for Everyone’ and enthused the audience about the huge choice of books to be found in libraries.  There’s a book for every taste and interest, and they’re all free to borrow!  


Tony Walsh’s poem This is the Day became the voice of the City following the 2017 bombing and Tony aka Longfella is a well-known performer and supporter of all things Manchester in the city and across the UK. 

Award-winning poet Matt Goodfellow also visited Manchester Central Library, Moss Side Powerhouse Library and Beswick Library to give engaging and inspiring performance and workshop sessions to 175 children at three schools, giving pupils the confidence to write poems in their voice, about their life. 

National Poetry Day is a UK-wide celebration of poetry and this year’s theme is Choice, which fits in perfectly with Tony’s poem.   Find out more, join in a competition and find some inspiration here and remember to share what you’re reading and enjoying  and use the hashtag #NationalPoetryDay