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.Read the full story..
Upon commencing an interview with beloved poet and performer John Hegley, Northern Soul apologises profusely for being a couple of minutes late.Read the full story..
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.Read the full story..
I can’t watch horror films. Not since my teenage years when we used to watch VHS copies of Scream and IT and I’d have to walk a mile home through the darkening countryside, imagining that each sound contained my grisly demise.Read the full story..
Northern Soul talks to author Laura Wilkinson about Hulme, modern art and how beauty is more than Skin Deep
I’m fascinated by ideals of beauty. Just scroll through Instagram and you’ll find people air-brushed to within an inch of their life.Read the full story..
Now and again you come across a novel so closely published to your own specifications that you strongly suspect the publishers have secretly focus-grouped you to within an inch of your life, and then wiped all memory of it from your mind.Read the full story..
My debut novel, The Witchfinder’s Sister, is set in Essex. Which, it’s fair to say, is not The North.Read the full story..
This year marks the centenary of the Russian Revolution. In the first of a new 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.Read the full story..
At 31, I read more Young Adult fiction than texts written for grown-ups. There’s just something about the willingness to go further with the big stuff that appeals.Read the full story..
Ray Bradbury’s landmark 1953 dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451 is not a book about censorship.Read the full story..
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Northen Soul Awards 2017
Congratulations to all the winners at the Northern Soul Awards 2017. It was a cracking night. For the full list, click here http://awards.northernsoul.me.uk/2017-winners
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