My name is Denise – I love the buzz of a new city, hunting down the best coffee shops and art galleries and sampling the local nightlife and music scenes. I’m also a fan of street art and am fascinated by urbex and abandoned places. I’ve always been a writer and will explore, investigate, ask questions and meet new people wherever I go.
As well as travel writing, I’ve contributed to local, national and global publications on the subjects of culture, music, literature and lifestyle.
These include Boots n’ All, Virtual Festivals, Angry Ape, Huffpost, Le Cool, Silent Radio, xojane, Manchester Evening News’ City Life, High Voltage, Itchy Guides and Simonseeks.
I also run my own blog – Travel.Art.Coffee – which examines my favourite things in life.
Since my early 20s, I’ve travelled some amazing countries and lived in Japan for over a year, an experience that gave me the bug. Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and New Zealand have so far eluded me, but I’m working on it.
I’m proud to be part of the Spotted by Locals team and to share Manchester’s secret pockets with you. Drop me a line when you’re in town and I’ll show you around.
Welcome to Manchester, my adopted city. I was raised in nearby Liverpool and moved in 2003 as a fresh-faced student to stay for three years and study English. However, 14 years later and I’m still here – I adore this city for many reasons and I know you will too.
Here you’ll find people of every nationality and culture, not a single night passes without a gig, innovative theatre, street performance, community event, food festival or secret warehouse party.
Even on a lazy day, it’s great to make a date with the city and wander its old cobbled streets, canal paths, quirky parks or new landscaped walkways. Manchester has pioneered in science, literature, music and politics, yet for its trailblazing ways, retains and irresistible modesty. Old buildings bristle with experience and the history of industry, while new glass and steel high-rises catch the sun. Whatever it is you need, this is the city that has it.