Northern Soul

Authors & Reviews

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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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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Haworth

Reader, I went to Haworth: following in the footsteps of the Brontës

June 22, 2016 Comments Off on Reader, I went to Haworth: following in the footsteps of the Brontës

I have loved the Brontë sisters since I was a teenage bookworm.

I spent a great deal of my young life swooning over the brooding characters of Heathcliff and Mr Rochester while reading dog-eared copies of Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre liberated from the school library.

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A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M Miller

Review: A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller

June 17, 2016 Comments Off on Review: A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller

That Walter M. Miller had a unique perspective on monastic life is hardly surprising given he gained it one bright February morning in 1944 from the rear gun turret of a B-25 bomber.

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Adventures in VHS

Adventures in VHS: a love affair with the video

May 24, 2016 Comments Off on Adventures in VHS: a love affair with the video

Recently, the BBC Store, the Corporation’s portal for buying legal TV downloads, announced a bold new initiative: for every digital purchase made, customers would receive a VHS copy of the programme delivered straight to their door.

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