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Monthly Archives: February 2016

Review: I Am Thomas, Liverpool Playhouse

February 25, 2016 2 Comments

In the week that my jaw plummeted in a southerly direction due to unexpected use of the phrase “zipless fuck” on Radio 4 – at 10.45am no less – you might think there’s nowhere left for transgressive discourse to go.

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Review: Goodnight Mister Tom, Opera House, Manchester

February 25, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Goodnight Mister Tom, Opera House, Manchester

As I wait in bar at the Opera House in Manchester, clutching my tiny bottle of wine and enjoying the novelty of attending the theatre alone, the thing that strikes me the most about the audience is its variety.

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Review: Jeanette Winterson in conversation with Louise O’Neill

February 24, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Jeanette Winterson in conversation with Louise O’Neill

“The book was so powerful it made me cry,” my friend says. We are having coffee before heading off to watch author Louise O’Neill in conversation with Jeanette Winterson at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation in Manchester. “I had to put it down a couple of times,” I reply. ‘The sheer brutality of it meant I couldn’t continue.’

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Review: Pier Eight, The Lowry, Salford

February 23, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Pier Eight, The Lowry, Salford

Right, I think, I’ll have a slap-up lunch and then I’ll nip upstairs and walk it off with a post-prandial meander around the largest collection of L.S. Lowry paintings in the world.

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Bicoastal Blues: A Tale of Two US Cities

February 23, 2016 Comments Off on Bicoastal Blues: A Tale of Two US Cities

I’m just back from the eyeball-hurting, freezing cold of New York where my senses were assaulted by screeching subway trains, honking cars, the pitiful sight of panhandlers on corners, and the smells of garbage and cheap pizza.

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The Desire to Write: Northern Soul talks to author Ben Myers

February 23, 2016 Comments Off on The Desire to Write: Northern Soul talks to author Ben Myers

It’s not easy being an independent publisher. Just ask any anyone in the industry about the long hours devoted to promotion and the number of rejections.

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The Northern Soul Podcast: MALKA

February 23, 2016 Comments Off on The Northern Soul Podcast: MALKA

Hurrah! It’s the February Northern Soul Podcast.

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Life outside London: tech start-ups for one and all

February 22, 2016 Comments Off on Life outside London: tech start-ups for one and all

We have an opportunity to build something new in the North, so can we not rely on a pale, male and stale stereotype?

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Review: Julia Holter at Gorilla, Manchester

February 21, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Julia Holter at Gorilla, Manchester

This time last year, few music fans knew the name Julia Holter.

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The Curse: Jane Bradley writes for Northern Soul

February 21, 2016 Comments Off on The Curse: Jane Bradley writes for Northern Soul

Picture this: you’re a writer, of sorts. You’ve had a few short stories published, you’ve done a few performances. You even did a week at Edinburgh Fringe last year. But you’ve never, ever thought about writing for the stage. Until now.

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