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Holly & Badger

Photo Gallery: Pub Dogs of Manchester

December 2, 2015 Comments Off on Photo Gallery: Pub Dogs of Manchester

Wondering what to get that dog-loving Mancunian in your life for Christmas? Well, look no further than photographer Georgie Glass‘s new book, Pub Dogs of Manchester. It’s a lovely book and us folks at Northern Soul think it’s a brilliant idea.

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Cathy Rentzenbrink and her brother Matty

The Last Act of Love

November 19, 2015 Comments Off on The Last Act of Love

“We read to know we’re not alone.” If, like me, you sat in a darkened cinema in the early 1990s watching Shadowlands, all the while trying to stifle unrelenting tears, then you may remember this line.

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Steve Coogan

Review: Easily Distracted by Steve Coogan

November 14, 2015 Comments Off on Review: Easily Distracted by Steve Coogan

Back in 2002, when 24 Hour Party People was released, New Order’s Peter Hook described Steve Coogan’s casting as Tony Wilson as ‘the biggest twat in Manchester being played by the second biggest twat in Manchester’. That’s pretty harsh.

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winter isles

Where does the historical end and the fictional begin?

November 7, 2015 Comments Off on Where does the historical end and the fictional begin?

Bad historical fiction is rarely hard to spot. Bosoms will heave, troths will be pledged and feisty heroines will deplore the lot of women centuries before the invention of feminism.

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Louis de Bernieres

Review: Louis de Bernières, Manchester Literature Festival

October 27, 2015 Comments Off on Review: Louis de Bernières, Manchester Literature Festival

I have some inexplicable form of amnesia when it comes to Manchester’s Portico Library and Gallery.

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Jane Smiley

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jane Smiley talks to Northern Soul

October 24, 2015 Comments Off on Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jane Smiley talks to Northern Soul

The telephone purrs ominously in my hand. I swirl the last dregs of lukewarm coffee at the bottom of the cup while sitting cross-legged on my desk chair, and stare at the pile of press releases and hand-written notes in scratchy blue biro on my desk.

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Kerry Wilkinson

Best-selling crime author Kerry Wilkinson talks to Northern Soul

October 22, 2015 Comments Off on Best-selling crime author Kerry Wilkinson talks to Northern Soul

Kerry Wilkinson has consistently topped the Amazon UK charts since 2011 with his Manchester-set Jessica Daniel (and spin-off Andrew Hunter) series of thrillers.

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Loud and Proud: the Rochdale Literature Festival

October 20, 2015 Comments Off on Loud and Proud: the Rochdale Literature Festival

“‘Shhh, it’s a library’ is so yester-year,” Punam Ramchurn, director of the Rochdale Literature & Ideas Festival, tells Northern Soul. “We have music gigs, computer classes, children’s sing-a-longs.”

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Kate Mosse

Review: Kate Mosse, Manchester Literature Festival

October 20, 2015 Comments Off on Review: Kate Mosse, Manchester Literature Festival

I am sitting in the spectacular Living Worlds gallery in Manchester Museum. It is one of those cold autumnal nights where darkness is drawing in, winter coats have come out of hibernation and everything is a little bit eerie.

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Kathryn Williams

Lyricism and Lyrics: Sylvia Plath and Kathryn Williams

October 15, 2015 Comments Off on Lyricism and Lyrics: Sylvia Plath and Kathryn Williams

Northern Soul’s Poetry Correspondent, Wendy Pratt, talks to singer/songwriter Kathryn Williams about Hypoxia, an album written to mark the 50th anniversary of Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar. Williams will be performing at the Manchester Literature Festival this weekend. 

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