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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.

Northern Soul chats to Beans on Toast about pubs, performing and politics

July 9, 2017 Comments Off on Northern Soul chats to Beans on Toast about pubs, performing and politics

The first time I saw Beans on Toast play live, he was supporting Frank Turner at a big venue in London.

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Review: What If Women Ruled The World? Manchester International Festival

July 6, 2017 Comments Off on Review: What If Women Ruled The World? Manchester International Festival

I’m struggling to put my thoughts about Israeli artist Yael Bartana’s ground-breaking film and performance project What If Women Ruled the World? into coherent sentences.

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PechaKucha, June 2017

PechaKucha Manchester talks crocodile steaks, activism and inspiration

July 2, 2017 Comments Off on PechaKucha Manchester talks crocodile steaks, activism and inspiration

PechaKucha. It’s a bizarre word. Or is it two words?

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Review: Northern Soul does gin and bowling at All Star Lanes, Manchester

June 27, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Northern Soul does gin and bowling at All Star Lanes, Manchester

I love gin in the same way that a toddler loves chocolate.

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Elephant, Maasai Mara

Travel: Northern Soul goes on safari in Kenya

June 19, 2017 Comments Off on Travel: Northern Soul goes on safari in Kenya

Over the years, I’ve been lucky enough to travel to some astonishing places but one of the stand-out continents is Africa for its sheer vastness and beauty.

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Arundhati Roy credit Mayank Austen Soofi

Review: Arundhati Roy, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester

June 19, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Arundhati Roy, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester

As an undergraduate at Manchester Metropolitan University (many moons ago) I opted for the intriguingly titled Modern Gothic module. It was here that I stumbled across 1997 Booker Prize-winning The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy, the story of twins Rahel and Estha growing up in the politically turbulent state of Kerala in the 1960s.

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Operation Black Antler

Review: Operation Black Antler, HOME, Manchester

June 12, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Operation Black Antler, HOME, Manchester

I never learn that ‘immersive theatre’ is simply fancy-speak for ‘audience participation’.

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Dinner with James Martin, James Martin Manchester

Northern Soul chats to chef James Martin about Saturday morning telly, dogs and his culinary roots

June 7, 2017 Comments Off on Northern Soul chats to chef James Martin about Saturday morning telly, dogs and his culinary roots

I’ve got a bit of thing for celebrity chefs. Maybe it’s the apron, or perhaps it’s because they can cook me a decent meal?  

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Anatomical heart by Sophie King

Northern Soul chats to artist Sarah-Joy Ford about feminism, LGBT narratives and Cut Cloth

June 6, 2017 Comments Off on Northern Soul chats to artist Sarah-Joy Ford about feminism, LGBT narratives and Cut Cloth

I can’t knit for toffee.

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Speed Mate-ing, Girl Gang Manchester, image by Kirsty Morrissey

How do you make friends as an adult? Northern Soul goes Speed Mate-ing

June 6, 2017 Comments Off on How do you make friends as an adult? Northern Soul goes Speed Mate-ing

Ever wished there was a Tinder app for finding mates?

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