Saturday 29 September 11.15am–12pm
As hilarious as he is thought-provoking, Tony intersperses his talks and performances with inspirational stories from his own remarkable life journey from childhood poverty to making headlines across the world. Tony's session at our Children's Literature Festival is sure to be a real highlight which will live long in the memory of all who attend.
Tony Walsh also known as “Longfella” is an English poet, performer and writer and is described as a “true giant" of the performance poetry scene. A multiple winner and finalist in top-level poetry slam competitions, Tony is the current Manchester Literature Festival Comedy Slam Champion.
Tony is a regular on tv and radio and a passionate educator, his acclaimed workshops have delighted teachers and inspired children of all ages from Keswick to Kazakhstan and from Torquay to Turkey. He has performed everywhere from The British Library to The Glastonbury Festival, from schools, universities, prisons, conferences, festivals, museums and theatres. Tony's poetry has also been displayed with an LS Lowry work at both Tate Modern and The British Museum as part of a Heritage Lottery Fund Best of British exhibition.
In May 2017, Tony came to wider attention for delivering his poem This Is the Place for the public vigil following the bomb attack at the Manchester Arena. His performance was described as "The perfect symbol of the pride, passion and defiance of Manchester's people."
Tony performed at the huge One Love concert and the re-opening of Manchester arena, sharing main stages with superstars including Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber and Take That.