Press and Media
Media Appearances and Ethical Promotions
Tony is a relaxed, engaging and confident public speaker and is available for media and ethical promotional work. He has made a number of successful appearances on mainstream and community television, radio and online platforms from both his poetry and community regeneration careers.
Appearances have included:
BBC News North West
BBC Radio Manchester
Manchester Radio Online
Channel M TV
Silk FM (Cheshire)
Academy for Sustainable Communities conference video
Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust video (writer and perfomer)
Forever Manchester charity fundraising video launching Summer 2011 (writer and performer)
Literature North West video feature
Hosting and Compering
"One of the best hosts I've worked with." Niall O'Sullivan, Poet and host at the Poetry Cafe, Covent Garden, London
Tony has hosted and compered many successful events ranging from rowdy poetry slams to red carpet events in front of up to 1300 people. Such roles have included events, often working with the award-winning http://www.reelmcr.co.uk/ at:
The Lowry - Lyric Theatre (main stage)
The Lowry - Quays Theatre
Manchester Town Hall, The Great Hall
The Pie Factory Studios, MediaCityUK - main soundstage
Bolton Albert Halls
Bolton Octagon Theatre
Kendal Caling Festival
Electric Picnic Festival (Ireland)
and many more...
Within the exciting new genre of poetry films, film-makers have selected two of Tony's poems to be made into short films as part of the Comma Film Challenge http://www.commafilm.co.uk/ Both have won awards at Manchester's Version Film Festival http://www.versionfestival.co.uk/ and have been premiered at The Cornerhouse and the International Anthony Burgess Foundation respectively alongside films of poems by Simon Armitage and John Cooper Clarke. Further film collaborations are currently in the pipeline.
Winner: Version Challenge Award 2010
Director: David Wharton
Poem written and performed by: Tony Walsh/Longfella
Starring: James Foster (Ideal, Shameless, Cold Feet, Clocking Off, Coronation Street)
In 2011 "Sometimes" will also be entered into or screened at:
"I Can Write A Rainbow!
Winner: Viral Verse Favourite, Version Film Festival Manchester 2009,
Director: Christine Flannery
Written by: Tony Walsh/Longfella
The director's re-interpretation of Tony's version of the poem, performed here at Spotlight, Lancaster.