This is our Manchester

At Courteeners’ show, the lead singer read out a poem written by Mancunian Ryan Williams in the wake of the tragedy. I think that it pretty much sums up the spirit that I witnessed during the past couple of days:

A grey Tuesday morning, ‘neath Lancastrian skies 

We wake once again to wipe tears from our eyes. 

Forced to wear robes of weakness and pity, 

As cowards attack the very heart of our city.


Like always, we’ll comfort and hold one another,

A Mancunian family of sisters and brothers. 

For a time our strut is reduced to a stagger, 

But make no mistake, we’ll rekindle our swagger.


We’ll learn how to live with another deep scar. 

If you think you can beat us, you don’t know who we are!


We’re Collyhurst, Ancoats, Moston and Sale. 

We’re Oldham and Bury; Ashton; Rochdale.


We’re Pankhurts and Turing, the Gallagher Brothers, 

We’re Morrissey, Marr and a million others! 


We’re a city of workers, a city of shirkers. 

A city of tracksuits, and bibles and burkas. 


Vegetarian, Rastafarian, Atheist, Jew. 

100 red! 100% blue. 


We’re each of us different but never alone. 

In the Cosmopolitopia, we get to call ‘home’.


So, come at us again, and again if you must. 
Time after time we’ll rise from the dust. 

You’ll never prevail – not against us… 

This is Manchester, our MANCHESTER 


And the bees still buzz!


  1. 28th May 2017 / 8:00 pm

    I have to say I was very impressed you traveled the same but as you said life goes on and we cannot be frightened but their coward attacks. Love the poem, so inspiring indeed. Kisses! xo

  2. Violette
    28th May 2017 / 9:22 pm

    I'm glad to see you're safe! What happened is terrible… The poem is beautiful!

  3. 28th May 2017 / 9:25 pm

    It's really good to hear that Manchester is still standing strong after the attack. The human spirit can be very beautiful and and resilient. The world stands with them.

  4. Rach
    29th May 2017 / 1:27 pm

    What happened there was awful and cruel. I love that the people of Manchester are resilient and I know that the good will take over the bad. Thank you for sharing this. Such beautiful words!

  5. Bella Skoog (Bella)
    29th May 2017 / 4:10 pm

    What happened in Manchester is so terrible, I just can't believe how people can even be that cruel to do such a thing. It's just.. so incomprehensible. Not long ago there was a terror attack in Stockholm, wich is close to where I live, and I totally shook my whole country. The terror has to stop.

    Hugs Bella, // Instagram: bellaskoog

  6. 29th May 2017 / 11:40 pm

    I'm glad you went to Manchester. The terrorism was so sad and heart-wrenching. Thank you for your beautiful photo journal of your trip and your poignant prose.
    xo, janea

  7. Carmen Jny (carmitive)
    30th May 2017 / 10:15 am

    This is such a beautiful post Anouk. It's important to stand together nowadays and the spirit of Manchester is such a big inspiration.
    Love, Carmen –

  8. Carina Vardie
    30th May 2017 / 4:37 pm

    I'm still heartbroken over what happened there. I haven visited Manchester, but would love to. It looks like an amazing city.


  9. Allie Mackin
    30th May 2017 / 10:11 pm

    Thank you so much for posting this, your photos show that Manchester is a vibrant city that will not live by fear. Being a New Yorker I know how this is.

    Allie of

  10. 31st May 2017 / 8:35 pm

    Thank you Janea

  11. 31st May 2017 / 8:35 pm

    Thanks Andreea

  12. 31st May 2017 / 8:38 pm

    Very true. Life goes on and we can't stop living…

  13. 2nd June 2017 / 7:55 am

    I think people there did the right thing – to stay strong and to hope for the better. What if everybody stays at home or is scared most of the time? I would also feel uncomfortable going to such a venue, sadly, we are living in a cruel world. Hope that this madness will stop soon!

  14. 25th January 2018 / 11:24 am

    Manchester is a city like no other: leading the way in music, arts and entertainments. Cosmopolitan, edgy, and happening: spend any time in Manchester and you’ll soon see it’s a place like no other. The city has long-transformed itself from industrial heavyweight to a commercial and exciting city centre. With dozens of galleries and museums plus terrific shops and restaurants, may people would say it’s the north’s finest city. This free-spirited, dynamic city demands your attention and will win your heart with a warm welcome and a liberating open-mindedness.

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