During the last year many of my paintings were used as part of the Moving Manchester (Mediating Marginalities) project organised by Professor Lynne Pearce, (Project Director), Dr Robert Crawshaw, Dr Graham Mort, Dr Corinne Fowler (Researcher), Jo McVicker (Administrator), PHD students and a Management Advisory Group at Lancaster University. The project deals with how the immigrant experience has influenced literature in Manchester and the North West. The novelists Muli Amaye and Zahid Hussain, and the performance poet, Shamshad Khan are also involved in the project, the launch of which was at Manchester Central Library in June 2006 where they read extracts from their works. I also attended the launch and exhibited two of my paintings including one, The Midland Hotel painted especially with the project in mind. More information about the Moving Manchester Project can be found at it’s official website here and at the official blog of the project here.