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Michael Palin talks about Travelling to Work

September 27, 2014 Comments Off on Michael Palin talks about Travelling to Work

It’s one of those glorious instances of “of course!” casting: the makers of the forthcoming new version of The Clangers have announced that the narrator will be none other than Michael Palin.

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Margaret Drabble

Margaret Drabble on writing, walking and Bridget Jones

September 14, 2014 Comments Off on Margaret Drabble on writing, walking and Bridget Jones

It’s not often I get nervous before an interview. Sir Richard Branson 30,000 ft over the Atlantic? He was more anxious than I was. Nigella Lawson via a crackly line on Boxing Day? An absolute dream. The Dalai Lama in a five-star Manchester hotel? A total pussycat.

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Millgarth Police Station

What is happening to our Northern character?

August 23, 2014 Comments Off on What is happening to our Northern character?

Chris Nickson is a crime writer. He lives in Leeds and he’s not happy about the erosion of his city’s history and its Northern identity.  

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Herring Girl: Northern Soul talks to author Debbie Taylor

August 21, 2014 Comments Off on Herring Girl: Northern Soul talks to author Debbie Taylor

Northern Soul’s Wendy Pratt Talks to author Debbie Taylor about Herring Girl, Mslexia and taking the scenic route to becoming a writer.

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Jerome Caminada

Jerome Caminada: Manchester’s Sherlock Holmes

July 26, 2014 Comments Off on Jerome Caminada: Manchester’s Sherlock Holmes

Life in Manchester’s streets in the latter part of the 19th century was treacherous, with all manner of conmen, murderers and villains roaming the alleyways and ginnels. 

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Treason's Daughter

Becoming a Novelist: Treason’s Daughter

June 10, 2014 Comments Off on Becoming a Novelist: Treason’s Daughter

Publication day. I woke up and ran downstairs to the laptop. There it was, available to order.

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Emma Jane Unsworth. Photo by Chris Payne.

Emma Jane Unsworth tells Northern Soul about her delightfully decadent second novel, Animals

June 7, 2014 Comments Off on Emma Jane Unsworth tells Northern Soul about her delightfully decadent second novel, Animals

It’s an old trick in the publishing world to get a few high-profile pals of the author to say something pithy and nice about the book then plaster them somewhere prominent on the book jacket.

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What Motherhood Means

April 12, 2014 Comments Off on What Motherhood Means

Below is a poem I wrote in 2010. It is the title poem of my first collection, a pamphlet called Nan Hardwicke Turns into a Hare.

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Exterior Window, IABF, by Kim May

Unlocking the Anthony Burgess Archive

April 8, 2014 Comments Off on Unlocking the Anthony Burgess Archive

It’s off the beaten track but that would probably have sat well with Anthony Burgess. 

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Blood, Sweat and Beers or how I (nearly) became a Geordie gazelle

April 7, 2014 Comments Off on Blood, Sweat and Beers or how I (nearly) became a Geordie gazelle

The literature to which I was exposed in my childhood and youth didn’t extend beyond The Beano, Shoot, Newcastle United match day programmes and Viz.

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