Hope. Despair. Miracles. emerged from a firm intention to not despair.

Copyright Roxana Allison

Tree with pigeons on it and around it in the middle of photograph of Longsight street scene.

Hope. Despair. Miracles. photographer Roxana Allison’s project that asks us to focus on a positive view of Longsight by offering acknowledgement to some of its grassroots organisations and individuals working in the community. Through a series of considered portraits, landscapes and written word, it invites us to recognise the agents of change genuinely transforming people’s lives in multicultural working-class neighbourhoods across the UK, reminding us to never judge a book, or a place, by its cover. 

Launching on 3rd October 2023 at Longsight Library, 5 to 7pm. Everyone is welcome!

Published with financial support from the Neighbourhood Investment Fund, a Manchester City Council initiative supporting local communities to make their neighbourhoods better places to live, Hope. Despair. Miracles. is a 64-page full colour newsprint including photography portraits and landscapes – showing Longsight’s rich ethnic diversity, as well as some of its issues and singularities. The images are accompanied by a short introductory essay by Roxana Allison, excerpts by some of the participants portrayed and a poem by local resident Pauline Omoboye.

The publication, in both English and Urdu languages, presents a small number of examples but a rainbow of efforts, from growing food and improving the area’s streets, to providing quality and affordable housing, mutual support, art, music, sport, and safe spaces to learn and grow.