Thursday, 18th May, 11am: TV interview on RT TV (Underground)
Friday 19th May. 10.40pm Birmingham 02 Institute.
Saturday 20th May: Wake 5am arrive 9am Manchester Central The Cooperative.
I speak 1.26.38.
The coop schools.
Leftfield at Apollo live in Manchester. Ends on a song from me.
It’s the last gig (for me) of the tour.
Sunday 8am 21st May. Wake in My hotel, It’s my Birthday
11am a spa. #Birthday
1pm. El Gato Negro for cracking tapas.Birthday.
Online artwork from Debbie. Look for signs of what’s to come. irst in this drawing.
7.30pm. King StTown house. My Birthday Party. Miz holds up the peace sign
Carla Yvonne and Yusra manchesters strongest sisters
Carla Henry and Yusra Warsama, Manchester’strongest.
Shobna Gulati. The wise one. Fun too. The best.
Ilyas Nagdee is the National Black Sudent Officer. Naa ACquah is the general secretary of THE student union in Manchester.
Anna Chojnicka: CEO of Reach for Change in Ethiopia.
Julie Hesmondhalgh with camera. She’s an incredible actor in front of the camera.
Shereen Ashton came straight from a performance tonight.
Tom Bloxham caught the creeping outer darkness.
All parties end. Subrina Kidd seems to know what’s coming.
All parties end: Shobna Gulati Charles Lauder and Clive Hunte
All parties end: Kate and Paul Sapin.
Monday 22nd Manchester town hall. I attended an illustrious evening hosted by Leader of the council Sir Richard Leese and Vice Chancellor of University of Manchester Nancy Rothwelll at The Lord Mayors Parlour. It is a tribute to Maria Balshaw on her appointment to artistic director of The Tate.. Marie knows……..All parties end.
All parties end.
23rd May, Tuesday Morning. Manchester. Eerily quiet. Victoria station is closed. Horror unfolds. I make my way to piccadilly train station. Armed police. Phone starts to ring: Agent calls. Sky news, Channel Four News, Newsnight, World Service, BBC, World at One. I say no. no. A sense of loss is compounding. I don’t understand what has happened. I catch my train. The people of my city converge on The Town Hall.
And a poet called Tony Walsh or Longfella galvanizes our city, the nation and the world with one poem. Thanks be to the poets.