Chris Horkan

Portfolio site for a Manchester-based journalist and web developer

Hey! Manchester music blog

As an independent music promoter in Manchester, I’ve built up considerable knowledge of the city’s music community, including bands, labels, promoters, venues, festivals, websites and blogs. I’m also in touch with many of the artists, plus those visiting the city to play here. I therefore feel I’m in a good position to write about music […]

Blogging workshops

As part of 2008’s Manchester Literature Festival, fellow journalist Kate Feld and I presented three blogging workshops on Saturdays in November. These followed similar sessions in October 2007 and January 2008, though this time we also ventured out into the sticks: namely Gorton and Crumpsall libraries. The first session, at Manchester Digital Development Agency’s Portland […]

Muso magazine

Besides sub-editing, proofreading, and organising contributors for Muso, a cutting-edge classical music magazine for young people (18-30), I also write news, reviews and features for both the bi-monthly UK and quarterly US/Canadian editions. I’m a musician, but not classically trained, so hardly a day goes by when I don’t discover something new about the genre […]

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 […]

Manchester Confidential

Jonathan Schofield, editor of Manchester Confidential, one of the city’s most popular culture and lifestyle websites, commissioned me to write a couple of short features about Manchester’s online communities: Virtually here Chris Horkan describes how Manchester has gained a second life Bloggers aren’t anal, are they? Chris Horkan checks out the city’s blogging scene in […]

About Chris Horkan

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