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Author: Emma Yates-Badley

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Review: Jackie Kay and Ali Smith, Manchester Literature Festival

December 8, 2017 No Comments

I can’t think of a better twosome to round off this year’s Manchester Literature Festival than Jackie Kay and Ali Smith.

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Exterior of the Pankhurst Centre © Pankhurst Trust

“Everyone should have the same value within society.” Elaine de Fries from The Pankhurst Trust

December 5, 2017 Comments Off on “Everyone should have the same value within society.” Elaine de Fries from The Pankhurst Trust

Standing at 62 Nelson Street, nestled in the grounds of Manchester Royal Infirmary, The Pankhurst Centre serves as a permanent reminder of the Suffragette movement.

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Review: Christmas Igloos at The Refinery, Spinningfields, Manchester

November 30, 2017 No Comments

When you think of an igloo does Pingu spring to mind?

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The cast of ELF The Musical 2017. Credit: James Everett Photography

Review: Elf: The Musical, The Lowry, Salford

November 29, 2017 No Comments

It’s no secret that I’m a Christmas fanatic.

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Main image: Charlotte Bronte - JH Thompson 1850's © The Brontë Society

Great Northerners: Charlotte Brontë

November 24, 2017 Comments Off on Great Northerners: Charlotte Brontë

In a new series, we celebrate Great Northerners. Emma Yates-Badley kicks things off with Charlotte Brontë. Who gets your vote?

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Rag n Bone Man, O2 Apollo Manchester, image by Nicola Jackson

Review: Rag‘n’Bone Man, 02 Apollo, Manchester

November 22, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Rag‘n’Bone Man, 02 Apollo, Manchester

I’m one of those people who has a playlist for every occasion.

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Review: Rebecca Solnit in conversation with Jeanette Winterson, Manchester Literature Festival

November 11, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Rebecca Solnit in conversation with Jeanette Winterson, Manchester Literature Festival

Last Tuesday, Manchester received some fantastic news.

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The Bay Horse Tavern, image by Jody Hartley

Review: The Bay Horse Tavern, Northern Quarter, Manchester

November 1, 2017 Comments Off on Review: The Bay Horse Tavern, Northern Quarter, Manchester

Just under a decade ago, Housemate and I used to frequent three Manchester pubs (if I said most days after work, you’d judge us, right?).

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Refugee and asylum seeking women together with Women for Refugee Women staff, Marchu Girma and Natasha Walter (image credit Aliya Mirza )

“Everyone deserves to feel safe.” Natasha Walter, director of Women for Refugee Women

October 30, 2017 Comments Off on “Everyone deserves to feel safe.” Natasha Walter, director of Women for Refugee Women

Have you ever really thought about what happens when people are forced to cross borders to seek safety?

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Marijuana grower becomes professional horticulturalist: Northern Soul chats to Hidden Tales in Rochdale

October 23, 2017 Comments Off on Marijuana grower becomes professional horticulturalist: Northern Soul chats to Hidden Tales in Rochdale

Author Phillip Pullman said that “after nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world”.

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