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It’s Not Grim Up North

It’s Not Grim Up North is Emma Yates-Badley’s blog for Northern Soul. It documents her rekindled love affair with the city of Manchester.

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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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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Review: Outsiders – Five Women Who Changed the World by Lyndall Gordon, Manchester Literature Festival

October 21, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Outsiders – Five Women Who Changed the World by Lyndall Gordon, Manchester Literature Festival

I’m tired of being told what a woman should and shouldn’t say.

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Lemn Sissay, Something Dark

Review: Something Dark, HOME, Manchester

October 21, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Something Dark, HOME, Manchester

Lemn Sissay is magnetic.

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The Northern Fiction Alliance Roadshow, Waterstones Deansgate

Northern Soul heads to the first Northern Fiction Alliance Roadshow

October 7, 2017 Comments Off on Northern Soul heads to the first Northern Fiction Alliance Roadshow

When I lived in that there London, my flat was right around the corner from Penguin Random House (the one on Vauxhall Bridge Road).

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Preti Taneja by Rory O'Bryen

“You grow up surrounded by people who look and think and speak in two languages.” Author Preti Taneja talks to Northern Soul

October 1, 2017 Comments Off on “You grow up surrounded by people who look and think and speak in two languages.” Author Preti Taneja talks to Northern Soul

King Lear strikes fear into the heart of me.

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Liz McClarnon and Ben Forster, Elf The Musical Launch, Nathan Cox

“I’m in a store and I’m singing!” Northern Soul meets the cast of Elf – The Musical

October 1, 2017 Comments Off on “I’m in a store and I’m singing!” Northern Soul meets the cast of Elf – The Musical

I am obsessed with the film Elf. Every year, without fail, I snuggle under a blanket with a glass of mulled wine and pop it on my telly box.

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La La Land in Concert, The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Review: La La Land in Concert, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

September 26, 2017 Comments Off on Review: La La Land in Concert, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

I first saw La La Land with my parents. We’d picked up a copy on DVD from Primark (it was on a stand in that bit where you queue up to pay, next to the multi-packs of face-wipes and cheap socks), got in a load of snacks and some wine, and screened it on the big telly in the front room.

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