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Making Shapes Poem Takes Shape At Hatch

Hatch, Manchester’s award-winning food, drink and retail destination located at Circle Square, is now home to a pop up poem celebrating everything that’s great about the Oxford Road Corridor.

Bruntwood commissioned one of the North’s most powerful poetic voices, Mike Garry, to pen a poem about this unique and truly remarkable area of the city. 

Mike first performed ‘Making Shapes’ at Hatch’s summer party in July, which celebrated the venue’s expansion, welcoming over 15 new retailers. Mike was joined on stage by The Cassia String Quartet, a young, classically trained and award-winning group of musicians from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

Mike Garry said:” When Bruntwood approached me to create a poem about this area, I thought this is my roots and it’s had a huge influence on me. Then I thought it’s not just me – it’s the whole world. 

“This is the place where the atom was split and Alan Turing invented the first computer. It’s inspiring, we’re walking in the footsteps of giants; from industry, theatre and academia. I wanted my poem to inspire people to go on and be great.” 

Local artist and recent Manchester School of Art graduate, Ben Jones, was at Hatch on the night of the performance and says the poem really resonated with him. 

Ben said: “The community at Hatch is unrivalled in the city and Mike’s poem shines a spotlight on the emotional value of this area. The realness of the people here is first class. From the centre stage the words bounced around and it made me realise how valuable being determined and independent really is. 

“Having studied in this area for the last three years, I know it’s full of people with a drive and passion to make things happen. This is priceless in today’s society and the poem really captured this for me. We can create great things together.” 

Ben has gone on to work with Bruntwood to visualise Mike’s poem into a series of posters that are going to be displayed at Hatch and appear as fly posters around town. Check out the Hatch instagram (@HatchMCR) and website ( to find out more.

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