Joe MacLeod-Iredale – Furniture Designer/ Lecturer

Who Is the


I am the Phoenix,

I am the spirit of Manchester.

I was born when the Romans laid the first stones two millennium ago.

I grew strong as the industrial revolution took hold.

I listened when Marx and Engles discussed how a fairer world could be achieved.

I was there when you rebuilt after the blitz.

I smiled as you welcomed people from all over the world.

I saw you emerge from Industrial decline to become the UK’s centre of creativity.

I watched you respond to the Arndale and Arena bombings not with hatred but with love.

I heard your laughter despite the grey skies and dark winters.

I will watch over my Manchester as we emerge from our homes, blinking in the post-covid sunlight.

My Song

My Home

My home is all of Greater Manchester.

You find me now in Longford Park, watching over the shrieking toddlers, panting runners, relaxed picnickers, frisbee players, book readers, new couples and old folks.

Where I Live

Find Me Here

In Longford Park, head for the Disc Golf course.  At the first tee, the birdbox is high up on a large tree.

People of


All the people you see on these pages have been absolutely amazing in a time which has been tough for everyone, especially people in the arts. However, these brilliant contributors have given their time for free to create for you a unique experience and hopefully allow you to enjoy and escape for a while from this pain of a pandemic.

All the contributors are now passing the baton over to you in the hope that you will add your support to this local community project and help our chosen local charity in these extremely difficult times. We’ve chosen the Chorlton & Didsbury Foodbank because we don’t think anyone in our community should have to face going hungry. They provide three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to them in crisis. You can now help this amazing operation by following the link to the donate page.

Thanks so much for your support, we hope you enjoy the hunt and let your friends know about it.

Please help Chorlton & Didsbury Foodbank by following the link below