Chris Horkan

Portfolio site for a Manchester-based journalist and web developer

Posted on October 15, 2008 No Comments

I launched in May 2006. It was originally intended as a place for me to try out blogging tools and new web developments, but I soon refocussed its content around Manchester’s burgeoning arts and culture scenes. Listings magazine CityLife had folded the previous year, shortly after I started writing for it, and there was no definitive source of information for someone like me who wanted to stay up to date with events in the rainy city.

While is by no means a comprehensive website, it gives me a place to dump all the random Manchester-related knowledge I digest. Content therefore varies but recurring themes are music, visual arts, literature, technology, history and media.

The site has received good support over the past couple of years, with over 400 RSS subscribers, over 200 email subscribers and dozens of Twitter followers. It is over three quarters of the way to its millionth view. has been shortlisted for the Manchester Blog Awards for three consecutive years, scooping Best Arts and Culture Blog in 2007.

Here’s what people have said about it:

‘Art, music, tech, media, and photos of clubbers outside rainy nightclubs’ – The Guardian

‘Rock-solid local arts and culture blog… a one-stop shop for the discerning Mancunian’ – CityLife

‘We don’t have a Manchesterist yet, although Mancubist does a good job all on his own’ – Londonist

‘An inspiration for local journalism’ – The Daily

‘Finally, a decent Manchester digest’ – Magic-Paws, StumbleUpon

‘Great Manchester miscellany’ – Newfred

‘Easily the most comprehensive list of interesting stuff going on in Mancheste’” – Ioannis’s Studio

About Chris Horkan

I'm a journalist and web developer based in Manchester, England. I specialise in arts, culture, technology and the internet.