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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 No Comments

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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Roger McGough and Little Machine

Review: Roger McGough, Brian Patten and Little Machine, Liverpool Playhouse

February 3, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Roger McGough, Brian Patten and Little Machine, Liverpool Playhouse

It’s a long time since I’ve seen anyone wearing a snake belt, but when the poet Roger McGough takes to the Liverpool Playhouse stage wearing just such an accessory, it turns out to be merely the first disarming sensory flashback of my night.

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John Rylands Library by Chris Payne

Northern Soul’s Best Reads of 2016

January 13, 2017 Comments Off on Northern Soul’s Best Reads of 2016

There’s little doubt that 2016 was tumultuous, what with Brexit, Trump and the passing of all those lovely celebs. But it was also a cracking year for literature. 

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Ann Cleeves

Vera, Shetland and the North: Ann Cleeves talks to Northern Soul

October 29, 2016 Comments Off on Vera, Shetland and the North: Ann Cleeves talks to Northern Soul

“She’s driving from her home towards Newcastle but that’s the Holy Island causeway and that clearly isn’t right.”

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Children’s illustrator and author Nick Sharratt talks to Northern Soul

October 20, 2016 Comments Off on Children’s illustrator and author Nick Sharratt talks to Northern Soul

It’s not every day you chat to someone who has sold 40 million books. 

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“If you avoid serious subjects, comedy isn’t funny” Henry Normal talks to Northern Soul

September 14, 2016 Comments Off on “If you avoid serious subjects, comedy isn’t funny” Henry Normal talks to Northern Soul

He promises poems about “death, human frailty and other classic conversation stoppers”. As pitches go for a literature event hoping to put bums on seats, it’s not your run of the mill promotion. But Henry Normal isn’t your conventional fella. 

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Rock Against Racism, 2 Tone and Red Wedge: days like these?

August 31, 2016 Comments Off on Rock Against Racism, 2 Tone and Red Wedge: days like these?

In 1986, my favourite band was called Easterhouse.

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Tim Burgess by Chris Payne

Book review: Tim Book Two by Tim Burgess

August 12, 2016 Comments Off on Book review: Tim Book Two by Tim Burgess

When Tim Burgess’s autobiography Telling Stories was published in 2012, no-one seemed to have any great expectations.

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We Go Around - cover

Book review: We Go Around In The Night And Are Consumed By Fire

July 30, 2016 Comments Off on Book review: We Go Around In The Night And Are Consumed By Fire

Manchester? Check. Lesbians? Check. Gangsters? Oh, go on then. Reading the blurb of this debut novel by Jules Grant, a former barrister from Manchester, is more than enough to pique my interest.

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Poet Lemn Sissay talks to Northern Soul

July 25, 2016 Comments Off on Poet Lemn Sissay talks to Northern Soul

‘We have to shout poetry from the rooftops, revolution is in poetry.’

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