Published: 14th Mar 2012

Tony Walsh left a career in regeneration behind to pursue his passion for poetry. But the two have more in common than he ever imagined, as Austin Macauley discovers Career change, re-training opportunities, searching for new avenues – these are terms we’ve become increasingly familiar with as the unemployment toll rises. But alongside the stress and anxiety brought by mass redundancies and cutbacks over the last two years there have been a few weird and wonderful stories of people who’ve found themselves in very different jobs as a result. An ex regeneration worker who became a horse whisperer springs to mind. Tony Walsh is another. In his case, the opportunity to take voluntary redundancy represented the chance to fulfil a lifelong yearning. Who knows whether he’d have left his job as neighbourhood manager last year to become a performance poet if the economic climate had been healthier?