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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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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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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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Melvyn Bragg

Now is the Time: Melvyn Bragg talks to Northern Soul

October 11, 2015 Comments Off on Now is the Time: Melvyn Bragg talks to Northern Soul

I have a bone to pick with Melvyn Bragg.

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Andrew Davies

Screenwriter Andrew Davies talks to Northern Soul

October 10, 2015 Comments Off on Screenwriter Andrew Davies talks to Northern Soul

Down the decades, British television has thoroughly enjoyed a good literary adaptation.

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Jeremy Corbyn photo by Phil Pounder

Jeremy Corbyn rally: Newcastle says “Jez we can”

August 26, 2015 Comments Off on Jeremy Corbyn rally: Newcastle says “Jez we can”

On a relentlessly grey, damp and oppressive Tuesday afternoon on Newcastle’s Thornton Street, Jeremy Corbyn took to a makeshift stage to address the crowds in hats and waterproofs who had gathered there to listen to him.

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Review: Caitlin Moran at The Lowry, Salford

April 21, 2015 Comments Off on Review: Caitlin Moran at The Lowry, Salford

Before we start with this review it’s important to clarify a crucial point.

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