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Hayley Flynn

Hayley Flynn

Writer, Researcher and Creative Producer

- Freelance

Manchester, United Kingdom

My blog, Skyliner, about the unusual parts of the city skyline is winner of Best City & Neighbourhood Blog 2011, and winner of Best Arts & Culture Blog at 2014 UK Blog Awards. It's recommended by Creative Tourist in the Top 25 UK Arts & Culture Blogs as well as being featured in international press. I also hold a British Libr...



Place Writer and Tour Guide

Freelancing as a place writer, journalist (on all things related to cities, public space, public art, travel, arts and culture), and providing others with insights into my city through tour guiding. Multi-award winning website, the only street art tour guide in the city, and a specialist in place specific creative non-fiction. I was also the first and only City Curator in the country (for National Trust). I produce urban events and festivals and have curated arts exhibitions for several years. I love to explore and I am a keen traveller and maker.

Manchester Metropolitan University

Place Writing

Currently studying a Masters in Place Writing, which is the first degree in the field in the country. Inspirations in my research and writing are industrial wastelands, unexpected wildernesses, and those in-between places that are often ignored.

- Freelance

Writer, Researcher and Creative Producer

Urban Researcher, Place Writer, and City Curator dealing in heritage, culture, architecture and public art. I offer expertise in a wide variety of fields, be that written articles about place, researching your project, hosting a private tour, finding locations, of curating an event or body of work.

I focus on place and cities and associated roles that fit in line with those sectors so primarily my work is writing and research (The Guardian, BBC, Caught By The River, Untapped Cities, Creative Tourist) but I am often commissioned to run tours for organisations such as Google and The Royal Exchange; location scouting for events such as Reebok promo campaigns; curating an arts festival;

As the only person in the UK to have the role of City Curator, this gave me immense experience in festival management, event planning, producing, and researching culture and arts projects. I do often tend to have a focus on heritage too although I'd say my speciality is 'place' - cities; urban issues; street art; new nature writing and so on. Research into any of these fields is an expertise of mine so I'm very self-led on projects as I am able to exceed in all stages from idea conception, research to realisation and planning.

My website Skyliner was winner of Best Arts and Culture Blog in the UK last year (tying with the British Museum), and my alternative city tours which I run were the only UK tours listed in The Telegraph's Incredible Street Art Tours. I am a writer as well as curator and creative producer and write for The Guardian as well as international magazines such as Untapped Cities. My work into 'secret cities' and what lies behind closed doors of empty buildings and documentation of redevelopment sites has given me huge notoriety in Manchester where that project was based.

I have been editor of Creative Tourist and have most recently been commissioned for research and written work on arts projects I’ve led on for Allied London (Old Granada Studios) and Cartwheel Arts.


Author of Manchester In 50 Buildings

Currently writing a book for Amberley Publishing for release late 2016.


Researcher, writer, tour guide, location scout, curator...

My award winning site about local history and architecture. Winner of Best Arts and Culture blog in the UK at the UK Blog Awards 2014.

Another side project of all that comes under Skyliner was my critically acclaimed first curatorial experience; Streetview. Featured in The Guardian and BBC In Pictures.

The Spoon Inn

Events and Arts Manager

Music booker, curator of the arts room, events and new product manager. Responsible for PR and design.
Manager of attached art studio space.