Iris Feindt (one of our writers)
December 2015
Manchester Writing School

About the publication

In 1906 Roger Oldham, a member of the Manchester Society of Architects, wrote and illustrated a small booklet called 'A Manchester Alphabet'. The Alphabet takes us on a journey around Edwardian Manchester from Ancoats to the (Bellevue) Zoo. Fast forward to 2014, and a copy of the booklet is found on the shelves at Manchester Metropolitan University’s Special Collections. Inspired by its humour and charm, a project began to update Oldham's original Alphabet.

'A New Manchester Alphabet' is a snapshot of Manchester in 2015: illustrated by students from the Manchester School of Art and written by poetry students from The Manchester Writing School. This collaboration takes us on a brand new journey: from Afflecks, via New Islington, to Ziferblat.

'A New Manchester Alphabet' is a collaboration between MMU Special Collections, The Manchester Writing School and the Manchester School of Art. Devised by Louise Clennel and Iris Feindt. Art directed by Ian Whadcock. Cover illustration by Ian McCullogh.


A wonderfully varied and playful celebration of England's most vital city.

Michael Symmons Roberts