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Made in Manchester – a poem of 100 languages

On Monday 10 June 2019, a multilingual community poem was launched at Manchester Central Library. ‘Made in Manchester’ is a collaborative project led by Read Manchester and Manchester Libraries aiming to celebrate the city’s rich diversity. Using local poet Zahid Hussain’s original poem as inspiration, local residents and school children wrote lines in response in both English and a second/heritage language. The Made in Manchester poem currently comprises 65 languages, including British Sign Language, and will continue to evolve and represent the city’s many communities. 40 of the contributors were filmed to create a video illustrating some of that diversity in language and culture. This film is a window into the full written poem which can be viewed in Manchester Central Library and then Manchester Metropolitan’s University Poetry Library when it opens in 2020. Our school also produced art work to help celebrate the launch.

Five of our wonderful pupils contributed to the Made in Manchester poem (speaking in their heritage languages of Urdu, Gujarati, Albanian, Arabic Sudanese and Chichewa) and were invited to the launch event at Central Library – we are very proud of their achievements!

Made in Manchester video link  https://youtu.be/_xylJAYrEpY



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