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Effie Gray

Yours Sincerely, Effie Gray

June 29, 2013 Comments Off on Yours Sincerely, Effie Gray

An exhibition and conference at a literary gem in Manchester is this weekend exploring the life of Effie Gray through her letters.

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Prisoner of Words

June 6, 2013 Comments Off on Prisoner of Words

Who would be the usual suspects? Reading groups, maybe. Bookshops and libraries, definitely. Book bloggers, with their ever-rising influence, worth a try. Local media, yes. And the review sections of the national press, a cert.

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A Matter of Life and Death

A Matter of Life and Death

May 31, 2013 Comments Off on A Matter of Life and Death

It is crucial to have a firm grip on the narrative. Persuasive, convincing dialogue is imperative.

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Islington Mill

Intervention Talk at Islington Mill Studios, Salford

May 29, 2013 Comments Off on Intervention Talk at Islington Mill Studios, Salford

Ten minutes walk from Manchester city centre is Islington Mill Studios, a former cotton-spinning mill which has been rehabilitated as the ultimate bohemian art space, thanks to the not inconsiderable efforts of ex-Central St. Martin’s fashion student and Salfordian Bill Campbell.

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Worlds within worlds: punk ladies, riot grrls and fanzine culture – Preview

May 22, 2013 Comments Off on Worlds within worlds: punk ladies, riot grrls and fanzine culture – Preview

As well as movements such as Chartism and the Suffragettes, the Working Class Movement Library in Salford also collects and promotes the histories of more recent radical movements including the punk scene in Britain.

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An infinite universe of possibility

May 18, 2013 Comments Off on An infinite universe of possibility

First, there is the thrill of being shortlisted. Then, months of media speculation teasing hopes and fears, toying with a career’s turning point.

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Martine McDonagh

After Phoenix

May 7, 2013 Comments Off on After Phoenix

After the success of her first novel, I Have Waited, and You Have Come, a troubling account of the impact of rising sea levels on a northern English county, author Martine McDonagh (who, by the by, once managed legendary Manchester band James) has gone back in time to the England of early 1974 in After Phoenix, a heart-warming tale of family unity and the conquering of grief.

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The dazzle of the poplars

March 27, 2013 Comments Off on The dazzle of the poplars

Kilvert's DiaryThe Reverend Francis Kilvert should be famous. He should be celebrated as one of the greatest diarists of modern times. He should, if wishing made it so, be read widely and deeply. But the Reverend Francis Kilvert is not a household name.

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