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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.

Lawrence Batley Theatre exterior

The Lawrence Batley Theatre: we go behind the scenes of a Huddersfield institution

March 24, 2017 No Comments

It’s snowing as I alight at Huddersfield train station.

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Review: The Witchfinder’s Sister, Waterstones Deansgate, Manchester

March 24, 2017 No Comments

There’s something about Waterstones Deansgate in Manchester. It’s the welcoming, colourful displays and the passion with which they celebrate local talent and history alongside bestsellers that makes it feel like a local bookshop.

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Manchester International Festival

What is the City but the People? Manchester International Festival 2017

March 17, 2017 No Comments

Google maps does not recognise Mayfield. According to the internet, the abandoned railway depot near Piccadilly station doesn’t exist.

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Northern Soul attends the Wedding of the Year with Girl Gang Manchester

March 17, 2017 No Comments

Housemate and I wish there was a Tinder for mates. Preferably an app where you can sit in your PJs with no make-up and swipe right.

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Review: Paul Auster’s City of Glass, HOME, Manchester

March 10, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Paul Auster’s City of Glass, HOME, Manchester

No matter how old we get, there’s something about public nudity that can still shock and amuse.

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Yard & Coop, Manchester

Review: Yard & Coop, Northern Quarter, Manchester

March 4, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Yard & Coop, Northern Quarter, Manchester

For a vegetarian, the self-proclaimed ‘home of buttermilk fried chicken’ might seem like a peculiar restaurant choice.

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Funny Girl image by Johan Persson

Review: Funny Girl, Palace Theatre, Manchester

February 23, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Funny Girl, Palace Theatre, Manchester

I’ve been a huge fan of Sheridan Smith since her days in Runcorn-based sitcom Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps.

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From a Dark Place book launch, image by Kerry Hargreaves

Review: From a Dark Place: How a Family Coped with Drug Addiction, Albert Square Chop House, Manchester

February 20, 2017 Comments Off on Review: From a Dark Place: How a Family Coped with Drug Addiction, Albert Square Chop House, Manchester

Sitting in the dimly lit bar of Manchester’s Albert Square Chop House – nursing what can only be described as the world’s biggest (and most expensive at £6) gin and tonic – I wait for the launch of From a Dark Place: How A Family Coped with Drug Addiction to begin.

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Andrew McLain who plays John , image by Lee Baxter 

Review: Hidden, The Horsfall, Ancoats, Manchester

February 7, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Hidden, The Horsfall, Ancoats, Manchester

I am infuriatingly punctual. I can’t bear tardiness which means I’m usually left standing outside in the cold, or at the bar, waiting for others to show up.

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Julie McCarthy, Creative Producer at 42nd Street, Manchester (image by Paul Husband)

The team at 42nd Street talk mental wellbeing, The Horsfall and Ancoats

January 30, 2017 Comments Off on The team at 42nd Street talk mental wellbeing, The Horsfall and Ancoats

I once set up a creative writing class at a youth centre. I went armed with Berol handwriting pens and my own teenage experience. Only two lads turned up. They laughed, teasing me and each other.

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