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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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The Hate U Give, Walker Books UK

The Hate U Give: Angie Thomas in conversation with Khalil West, Manchester

April 17, 2017 Comments Off on The Hate U Give: Angie Thomas in conversation with Khalil West, Manchester

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.

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John Rylands Library by Chris Payne

Northern Soul’s Best Reads of 2016

January 13, 2017 Comments Off on Northern Soul’s Best Reads of 2016

There’s little doubt that 2016 was tumultuous, what with Brexit, Trump and the passing of all those lovely celebs. But it was also a cracking year for literature. 

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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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Manchester Histories Festival

Review: Gentry Families of Greater Manchester in The North, Manchester Histories Festival

June 5, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Gentry Families of Greater Manchester in The North, Manchester Histories Festival

“The North West has always been regarded by the South East of England as remote and slightly backward.”

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Brix Smith Start - Credit Amelia Troubridge

Review: The Rise, the Fall and the Rise by Brix Smith Start

May 24, 2016 Comments Off on Review: The Rise, the Fall and the Rise by Brix Smith Start

When Brix Smith first arrived in Manchester back in May 1983, she experienced an almighty culture shock.

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sonnets in the city

Review: Sonnets in the City, BBC Radio 3, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

April 28, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Sonnets in the City, BBC Radio 3, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

The phrase ‘Shakespeare’s Birthday’ is enough to strike fear into the heart of anyone from Stratford-upon-Avon.

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Louise O'Neill by Miki Barlok

Review: Jeanette Winterson in conversation with Louise O’Neill

February 24, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Jeanette Winterson in conversation with Louise O’Neill

“The book was so powerful it made me cry,” my friend says. We are having coffee before heading off to watch author Louise O’Neill in conversation with Jeanette Winterson at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation in Manchester. “I had to put it down a couple of times,” I reply. ‘The sheer brutality of it meant I couldn’t continue.’

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John Irving and Jeanette Winterson

John Irving in conversation with Jeanette Winterson

February 7, 2016 Comments Off on John Irving in conversation with Jeanette Winterson

With his huge reputation, millions of sales and shelf-full of awards, John Irving is one of the world’s best-loved authors. Last week he made a rare visit to Manchester to talk about his latest novel Avenue Of Mysteries for an appreciative, sold-out audience at Literature Live.

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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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