Monday, November 02, 2009

Rainy City Stories - Saradice Pity

A while back, my friend Christina showed me her submission to Rainy City Stories, an online 'writers’ map of Manchester' containing poetry and prose inspired by the city. I liked what I saw on the site, so sifted through my old bits and bobs and found this sing-songy, light-hearted jibe at the crowds on Market Street I wrote one afternoon. Inexplicably, the good people at Rainy City Stories saw fit to publish it.
About the site:

This site gathers up a wide experience of living in, remembering and imagining the great city of Manchester. It uses a map of the city to organise stories linked to particular places. If you click on a place marked by the little cloud icon, you will be able to read a piece of writing associated with that spot. Anyone can submit writing to the site.

Everyone’s secret map of Manchester is different, with each street bearing its own real or imagined history. This is a slightly mad attempt to plot and cross-reference these interior topographies. Our map contains within its depths an unwieldy and kaleidoscopic collection of documents that is constantly growing and changing, much like the city itself.

These stories come in different shapes and sizes. Some people give us a scrap of personal history, writing about something that actually happened. Other stories are completely made up. Others take the form of a poem that aims to capture the elusive quality of a place, or alight on a location as its starting point.

The quality on the site is good, I'm honoured and grateful--especially for overlooking the naff word play in the title. I hope you enjoy it.

See the full map of Manchester.