Skyliner is a multi award-winning online magazine about cities and edgelands.


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The creator of Skyliner is Hayley Flynn: a lover of looking up and opening closed doors. I love art and cities, and as a consequence I am now a tour guide, curator, and researcher. I have an MA in Place Writing from MMU’s Manchester Writing School and I was the UK's first and only City Curator for National Trust. In 2019 I was selected for The Society of Readers and Writers to judge the longlist for The Portico Prize.

I work freelance and have written for publications such as The Guardian, Caught By the River, Untapped Cities, & Elsewhere Journal. I’ve given tours to journalists, influencers and tourists from all over the world and my tours and creative projects been featured in The Telegraph, San Francisco Chronicle, Boston Globe, BBC, New York Magazine, Creative Tourist, & 50 Things to Do in Manchester Before You Die.

I am interested in alternative tourism and I like to promote and practice honest tourism; exploring not only places but important issues such as loss of public space and gentrification.


Skyliner was set up to promote and preserve Manchester's heritage by documenting unspoken stories, unearthing unique historical research, and exploring and capturing unseen sights. This first took the form of many collaborations with photographer Andrew Brooks; working together to present the stories of redevelopment sites across the region - think Urban Exploration only with permission.

I specialise in long-form journalism and place writing and Skyliner has garnered a reputation as a go-to source of knowledge and inspiration for residents and visitors of Manchester. As Skyliner grows creative journals will become more of a feature and I expect its geographical reach to broaden. 





Best Arts and Culture Blog

Manchester Blog Awards 2011


Best City and Neighbourhood Blog

Blog North 2014


#5 Best Travel Blog in Manchester

Custard 2016


Best Arts/Culture/Literature

Northern Blog Awards 2017



Best Arts and Culture Blog

UK Blog Awards 2014


Best City and Neighbourhood Blog

Manchester Blog Awards 2011

Work With Me

Are you interested in working with me on a publication, or are you a brand that would like to team up on Instagram? Would you like to book me for a bespoke walking tour, or would you like to work together on some other creative project? 

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writing& RESEARCH

Whether it be creative writing for an arts project or taking a more journalistic approach to articles for newspapers and magazines, writing is my first love. I have written for publications such as The Guardian, Caught By the River, Elsewhere Journal, Untapped Cities, and Manchester Confidential. I love to write about cities and wilderness, and where those two things combine, but my journalism revolves predominantly around issues such as heritage preservation, gentrification, public space and many other urban issues and points of conversation. If there’s a meaty research process to sink my teeth into - all the better.

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I have provided content services for many clients, largely those with a focus on history or architecture. I regularly write website and blog copy for Bruntwood, and manage much of their cultural content providing case studies for evaluation purposes. I also work with social media content and can take over an Instagram or Twitter feed, offer sponsored posts, sponsored blogs, press trips, and partnerships with brands I admire and support. In terms of sponsored content I only work with clients whose values I admire, or whose overall project goal and audience aligns with my own.

Media Packs available on request.

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tours, Talks & EVENTS

I run public tours but am available for private tours, talks and events. I am an informal tour guide, meaning I am not a Blue or Green Badge, but this affords me the freedom to discuss more difficult topics such as homelessness and gentrification, and to provoke discussion amongst guests. I engage with my subject and support it by including stops at local independent businesses, commissioning artists to work with me on content, and by giving back what I can to the public or charity, for example: providing free tour spaces to the disadvantaged, running shorter tours for parents with young babies, and from time-to-time I will profit share with select charitable causes. I have eight years experience guiding.

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