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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.

Jenn Ashworth, Dead Ink Books

The Night Visitors: horror fiction, obsession and catfishing

May 19, 2017 No Comments

I can’t watch horror films. Not since my teenage years when we used to watch VHS copies of Scream and IT and I’d have to walk a mile home through the darkening countryside, imagining that each sound contained my grisly demise.

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Laura Wilkinson

Northern Soul talks to author Laura Wilkinson about Hulme, modern art and how beauty is more than Skin Deep

May 17, 2017 No Comments

I’m fascinated by ideals of beauty. Just scroll through Instagram and you’ll find people air-brushed to within an inch of their life.

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Bakers Vaults, Stockport

Stockport is the best place ever because…

May 6, 2017 Comments Off on Stockport is the best place ever because…

…OK, so that’s a sentence I never thought I’d write.

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The Lowry Hotel River Restaurant

Review: The River Restaurant, The Lowry Hotel, Manchester

May 1, 2017 Comments Off on Review: The River Restaurant, The Lowry Hotel, Manchester

The last time I visited The Lowry’s River Restaurant, it was Christmas, it was snowing and I walked back to Piccadilly train station enveloped in a festive wine jacket.

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Review: Twelfth Night, Royal Exchange, Manchester

April 21, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Twelfth Night, Royal Exchange, Manchester

As someone from Stratford-upon-Avon, I’m no stranger to Shakespeare. Walking through the quaint town centre, you can’t shake a feathered quill without bumping into a street performer bellowing lines from King Lear.

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Gusto Manchester

Review: Spring/Summer Menu, Gusto, Manchester

April 19, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Spring/Summer Menu, Gusto, Manchester

When I think of Italian food, I’m met with images of pizza and luxurious pasta.

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Kate O'Donnell as Feste in Twelfth Night photo Jonathan Keenan

Subverting Shakespeare: Northern Soul chats to Kate O’Donnell about making Feste a feisty female

April 19, 2017 Comments Off on Subverting Shakespeare: Northern Soul chats to Kate O’Donnell about making Feste a feisty female

I’ve never been behind the scenes at the Royal Exchange in Manchester, and so it feels peculiar to be heading for the stage door.

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The Hate U Give, Walker Books UK

The Hate U Give: Angie Thomas in conversation with Khalil West, Manchester

April 17, 2017 Comments Off on The Hate U Give: Angie Thomas in conversation with Khalil West, Manchester

At 31, I read more Young Adult fiction than texts written for grown-ups. There’s just something about the willingness to go further with the big stuff that appeals.

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James Martin

Restaurant Review: James Martin Manchester, 235 Casino

April 11, 2017 Comments Off on Restaurant Review: James Martin Manchester, 235 Casino

I have a huge crush on James Martin. I’ve spent many a hungover weekend morning watching Saturday Kitchen and scoffing scrambled eggs made with a tonne of butter.

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The Crystal Dome, The Crystal Maze Experience

Start the fans please! Northern Soul attempts The Crystal Maze

March 29, 2017 Comments Off on Start the fans please! Northern Soul attempts The Crystal Maze

Locating the entrance to The Crystal Maze Experience in Manchester is a bit like taking part in one of its infamous challenges.

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