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CLAIRE Tomalin BY MICHAEL

“However unhappy you are, you can always escape into a book.” Claire Tomalin talks to Northern Soul

November 20, 2017 No Comments

The last time I saw Claire Tomalin in Manchester she was battling some sort of rave act in order to be heard.

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Hirst's Yard at the back of The Duncan Pub in Leeds, image by the team at The Duncan Pub

Photo Gallery: GinnelWatch – time to show us your ginnels!

November 20, 2017 No Comments

We love a good ginnel at Northern Soul. But, depending on where you’re from, there are all sorts of words for what essentially amounts to an alleyway, including jennel, snicket, vennel, gennel, jitty and jetty.

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The Fall

“Bollocks to that, we’ll do it here.” The Fall’s Paul Hanley talks about his history of Manchester music

November 16, 2017 No Comments

Much-venerated Manchester band The Fall have had a whole host of different line-ups over the years, but during their early 80s glory days they were driven by a particularly notable rhythm section.

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Film Review: Paddington 2

November 16, 2017 No Comments

Three years ago, when the first Paddington feature film was released, expectations were seriously low.

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John Piper, Harbour Scene, Newhaven 1936-1937

John Piper at Tate Liverpool: Northern Soul chats to curator Darren Pih

November 14, 2017 No Comments

There are many reasons to feel a surge of joy at the sight of the Liverpool skyline.

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We Apologise for the Inconvenience: Mark Griffiths on his new play about Douglas Adams

November 14, 2017 No Comments

As well as being a best-selling author, scriptwriter and the mind behind The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams is celebrated for such killer quotes as “I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.”

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York ginnel taken by Henry Mullen

Photo Gallery: GinnelWatch – time to show us your ginnels!

November 13, 2017 No Comments

We love a good ginnel at Northern Soul. But, depending on where you’re from, there are all sorts of words for what essentially amounts to an alleyway, including jennel, snicket, vennel, gennel, jitty and jetty.

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

November 11, 2017 No Comments

Last Tuesday, Manchester received some fantastic news.

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Review: Tattu, Manchester

November 11, 2017 No Comments

Depending on your point of view, this is either the best name ever for a restaurant or a bit weird.

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One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich Penguin

Book Review: One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

November 11, 2017 No Comments

This year marks the centenary of the Russian Revolution. In the fourth of a series of articles for Northern Soul, Alfred Searls explores how 1917 – and the Soviet society which developed in its shadow – has been portrayed by writers since that momentous year of revolution.

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