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Bradford Literature Festival 2017 Launch Dinner at the Midland Hotel, Bradford. 29.06.17

Bradford’s arts-led renaissance: Northern Soul chats to Syima Aslam, the woman behind Bradford Literature Festival

October 1, 2017 Comments Off on Bradford’s arts-led renaissance: Northern Soul chats to Syima Aslam, the woman behind Bradford Literature Festival

When Syima Aslam first discussed creating a literature festival in Bradford, her daughter’s response was telling. “A literature festival in Bradford? Mum, really?”

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Rosie Wilby

Is Monogamy Dead? Northern Soul chats to author and comedian, Rosie Wilby

October 1, 2017 Comments Off on Is Monogamy Dead? Northern Soul chats to author and comedian, Rosie Wilby

“Lots of people have told me that it resonates with them, gay or straight,” says Rosie Wilby

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“It’s about bringing literature alive.” Punam Ramchurn, director of Rochdale Literature and Ideas Festival

October 1, 2017 Comments Off on “It’s about bringing literature alive.” Punam Ramchurn, director of Rochdale Literature and Ideas Festival

“I don’t think you should be snobby about reading,” says Punam Ramchurn, director of Rochdale Literature and Ideas Festival which is returning for the fifth time this month.

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John Cooper Clarke at BBC 6 Music Festival

Henry Normal: Why I Hate Poems

September 28, 2017 Comments Off on Henry Normal: Why I Hate Poems

The great English 60s poet Adrian Mitchell once said, “most people ignore most poetry because most poetry ignores most people”.

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Henry Normal

Henry Normal talks about nature, getting older and writing what you know

September 20, 2017 Comments Off on Henry Normal talks about nature, getting older and writing what you know

Poetry is everywhere at the moment.

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Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler

Book Review: Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler

August 1, 2017 Comments Off on Book Review: Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler

This year marks the centenary of the Russian Revolution. In the third of a series of articles for Northern Soul, Alfred Searls explores how 1917 – and the Soviet society which developed in its shadow – has been portrayed by writers since that momentous year of revolution.

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Liz Flanagan (image by Sarah Manson)

Young Adult fiction at Manchester Children’s Book Festival

July 12, 2017 Comments Off on Young Adult fiction at Manchester Children’s Book Festival

Young Adult fiction has experienced a surge in sales and popularity in recent years.

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Book Review: The White Guard by Mikhail Bulgakov

July 9, 2017 Comments Off on Book Review: The White Guard by Mikhail Bulgakov

This year marks the centenary of the Russian Revolution. In the second of a series of articles for Northern Soul, Alfred Searls explores how 1917 – and the Soviet society which developed in its shadow – has been portrayed by writers since that momentous year of revolution.

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John Hegley

Northern Soul chats to John Hegley about poeting, the Peel Sessions and performance

July 3, 2017 Comments Off on Northern Soul chats to John Hegley about poeting, the Peel Sessions and performance

Upon commencing an interview with beloved poet and performer John Hegley, Northern Soul apologises profusely for being a couple of minutes late.

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Arundhati Roy credit Mayank Austen Soofi

Review: Arundhati Roy, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester

June 19, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Arundhati Roy, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester

As an undergraduate at Manchester Metropolitan University (many moons ago) I opted for the intriguingly titled Modern Gothic module. It was here that I stumbled across 1997 Booker Prize-winning The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy, the story of twins Rahel and Estha growing up in the politically turbulent state of Kerala in the 1960s.

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