Manchester’s Tony Walsh, also known as Longfella, is one of Britain’s most renowned and widely in-demand professional poets. A former Poet in Residence for Glastonbury Festival and a regular on tv and radio, Tony performs and teaches nationally and internationally from Keswick to Kazakhstan. His work has been published in the USA, translated into Russian, broadcast on French tv and performed everywhere from The RSC’s 50th anniversary celebrations and The British Library, to The Palace of Science and Culture in Warsaw, Poland. Tony was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) in 2016 and awarded an honorary doctorate, Doctor of Letters by The University of Salford in 2018.
In May 2017 his powerful performance of his poem “This Is The Place” at the vigil for the victims of the Manchester Arena bombing brought his work to the attention of a global audience, trending worldwide on social media. Tony was subsequently invited to perform at both the One Love memorial concert at Old Trafford and at the re-opening of the Manchester Arena, appearing in line-ups with everyone from Noel Gallagher to Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry and Justin Bieber.
A passionate educator, Tony has led acclaimed, inspirational workshops for organisations as diverse as The Prince’s Teaching Institute, The Prince’s Trust, BBC Blast, Youth Dance England, Manchester Business School, Ledbury Poetry Festival and The National Football Museum. He works in a huge variety of schools, colleges and universities each year as well as at international festivals, in prisons, with charities and companies, and with community groups of all kinds.
Belly-laughs, tears, heart-swelling pride; here is a performer who connects with an audience to a very rare degree. A Manchester poet with an international reach, an evening with Tony Walsh is a rip-roaring rock and rollercoaster ride from a profoundly inspiring artist at the very top of his game. Don't miss Tony's performance – 10.15 p.m. Monday, 1st October 2018 in The French restaurant