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ECF celebrates Salford with spoken word

To celebrate its latest residential scheme, Novella, development partnership, The English Cities Fund (ECF) – a strategic joint venture between leading regeneration firm, Muse Developments, Legal & General and Homes England – commissioned a bespoke piece of poetry by acclaimed playwright and local Salfordian, Kieran Knowles, which was performed by key people involved in the project.

Kieran grew up in Worsley, Salford. His knowledge of the local area and enthusiasm of the history and culture of Greater Manchester inspired him to write “If these streets could speak” a poem (or Novella) about the ever-changing landscape of the city.

Max Bentham, senior development surveyor at ECF, said: “We’re incredibly proud of what we’ve achieved in partnership here in Salford since 2006, what we continue to do through our work at Salford Central and what we will do in the future at Salford Crescent.

“With that in mind, we wanted to look at innovative ways to celebrate Salford as a city, its rich heritage, its aspirations and importantly its people. What better way than by commissioning a Salford-born writer to pen a Novella that does exactly that. We’re so happy with the piece and we’d like to thank both Kieran for writing such a powerful and thought-provoking piece and to partners for getting involved in the project.”

Kieran, said: “I’m fascinated by the people and places that shape a space or a city, getting underneath the skin of Salford made me see the journey travelled and I hope my piece tells the story of progress and positivity and the legacy of both the place and the buildings being built.”

If these streets could speak is exactly that, it tells the story of Salford and is spoken by people who’ve played a part in the city’s renaissance.

Salford city mayor, Paul Dennett, said: “Storytelling is such an important part of our industrial history and culture in the City of Salford, it was an honour to take part in this spoken word project, which captures the Spirit of Salford and the people of our great city so succinctly and beautifully. It's also great to see developers and their partners supporting local artists and creatives in this way, involving them in how we animate our city and meaningfully engaging them in the development process."

The film features footage of the Novella development in progress, New Bailey and other locations in the Salford Central area and can be watched here - https://youtu.be/3--YscC1y3Q