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Poem For Manchester Winner

Published on October 14th 2004.

The Poem For Manchester competition has been won by Mike Duff’s entry, originally entitled ‘in the rain’.
With nearly 4,000 entries, the competition has become a huge success, with Mike's poem being etched onto the side of the new Piccadilly Place development in Manchester.
Poet Laureate Andrew Motion, who became Poet Laureate in 1999, succeeding Ted Hughes, chose a shortlist of twelve poems all of which were voted for on the BBC website and over the phone.
The prize for the winner? Mike's poem will become etched into a waterwall which will form the main landscaping feature of the new Piccadilly Place development to celebrate all that is Manchester.
The development will see the vacant and underused land opposite Piccadilly Station transformed over the next ten years to provide a gateway for visitors into Manchester. This means that the chosen poem will take pride of place as thousands of visitors, businessmen and Manchester residents pass by it everyday.
This year’s major arts initiative was organised by property developer Argent and supported by GMPTE, Manchester City Council and BBC GMR. Entries were invited from the broad spectrum of ages that makes up Manchester as we know it, in a historic collaboration of poetic minds. Mike’s poem, now renamed ‘Poem for Manchester’ is as follows:
i don't care if you're black, chinese white or tan
don't care if you're old, gay, a woman or man
you can sit down next to me
if you're mancunian
Tim Gough

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