Overcoming childhood poverty and illness, then working everyday jobs in the communities of his beloved home city of Manchester, he has risen in recent years to become one of the UK’s most widely recognised and most in-demand professional poets. A regular on tv and radio since 2011, Tony performs and teaches internationally and his work has been commissioned by a growing list of major institutions, attracting a legion of fans and celebrity admirers.
His work came to worldwide attention in May 2017 when broadcast globally from the vigil for victims of the arena bomb outrage in his beloved Manchester. His performance trended worldwide on social media and his poem, This Is The Place, entered the folklore and fabric of the city he’s still proud to call home – painted onto walls, recited in schools, re-mixed by DJs, even tattooed onto skin.
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 socially excluded groups of all kinds.
“The poet who defined a city with the poem that inspired the world.”
“…roars of approval and wild applause… stirring…stunning…”
“Now a national hero…”
Poet Tony Walsh honours Blue Peter on its 60th birthday with his poetic tribute to the nation's longest running childrens programme. Referencing everything from pets to presenters, iconic moments and great achievements the poem will take kids and adults, parents and grandparents through a whole range of emotions and take you back to where and who you were, whatever your era. Produced by CBBC.
A celebration of the spirit of those in north-west England and their "love shown as defiance". Produced by BBC North West Tonight.
In May 2017, Tony Walsh found himself standing in front of a wounded Manchester, tasked with finding the words that would help it comprehend and heal from the shocking events of the Arena bombing outrage. His poem, This Is The Place, along with his call to "Choose Love, Manchester" became a rallying call for hope. This is a short documentary about the book that was born from that moment and hte people who helped make it happen. Produced by
Doodledo Motion Ltd.