42nd Street presents When it All Gets on Top

The Horsfall @ 42nd Street presents When it All Gets on Top: a poem for Mental Health Awareness week by the young people of Greater Manchester and poet Louie Wallwein

To be premiered on Friday 18th May simultaneously across Greater Manchester, online and at The Horsfall, 87 Great Ancoats Street, Manchester, M4 5AG

What does it feel like When it All Gets on Top? Can you spring back into shape, and if you can, how do you manage? Or do things come crashing down? These are some of the questions award winning poet Louise Wallwein will be working on with young people from across Greater Manchester during Mental health Awareness week 2018.

Louise, whose work has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and who was recently poet in residence for Hull City of Culture 2017, will be in residence at young people’s mental health charity 42nd Street working with groups and individuals to co-create a poem to be performed across the city of Manchester and shared across regionally and nationally . A chorus of young people’s voices, curated by Louise, will tell the story of  what stress and resilience mean to them on Friday, 18th May.

In the days leading up to the first anniversary of the May 22nd terror attack in Manchester, hearing the words of young people, some of whom are still directly affected by those events, is more necessary than ever.

From the 14th to 17th May, Louise will set up shop at The Horsfall, 87 Great Ancoats Street. The public are welcome to pop in to meet her and feed into the poem in progress Monday 14th and Thursday 17th from 12-2pm.

Progress on the poem will be recorded on the external windows of The Horsfall and on our instagram page @_the_horsfall