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Roger McGough

Roger McGough on poetry, performance and hanging out with The Beatles

April 15, 2015 Comments Off on Roger McGough on poetry, performance and hanging out with The Beatles

Roger McGough, who’ll be introducing his new collection It Never Rains at this month’s Oldham’s Bookmark Festival, a week-long celebration of all things literary in the borough, admits to being surprised on discovering that the book is his 100th title.

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Eyeliner, black leather and post-punk: not your average book launch

March 29, 2015 Comments Off on Eyeliner, black leather and post-punk: not your average book launch

Picture a book launch: chances are you’re imagining a staid and stifled event in a windowless inner-city Waterstones on a wet Wednesday afternoon, with copies of books and glasses of steadily souring white wine laid out in evenly-spaced rows on folding trestle tables.

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Scuttlers Tour

Walking in the footsteps of the scuttlers

March 11, 2015 Comments Off on Walking in the footsteps of the scuttlers

On a suitably grey Saturday, I retraced the steps of the formidable gangs of the 19th Century known as scuttlers, recently recreated by Manchester’s Royal Exchange in Rona Munro’s play of the same name.

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Dystopian fictions at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation

March 1, 2015 Comments Off on Dystopian fictions at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation

The last time I went to a talk at Manchester’s International Anthony Burgess Foundation, I was very nearly late – a consequence of my terrible sense of direction.

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Northern Soul’s Best Reads of 2014

December 21, 2014 Comments Off on Northern Soul’s Best Reads of 2014

There’s little doubt that 2014 has been a cracking year for literature, whether it’s new authors, old favourites or re-issued classic works.

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David Mitchell

Review: David Mitchell at the Manchester Literature Festival

November 20, 2014 Comments Off on Review: David Mitchell at the Manchester Literature Festival

The word ‘epic’ is one of those overused words that publishers bring out for every book more than 500 pages long. But it’s easy to believe that this word was coined for the work of David Mitchell.

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Everything Everything presents Chaos to Order

Chaos to Order by Everything Everything

November 13, 2014 Comments Off on Chaos to Order by Everything Everything

The rebirth of Manchester Central Library has generally been seen as something of a triumph, in that it both looks and feels wonderful and welcoming.

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Tennesse Williams

John Lahr talks to Northern Soul about Tennessee Williams

November 6, 2014 Comments Off on John Lahr talks to Northern Soul about Tennessee Williams

When it comes to the performing arts, you’d have to say that John Lahr is steeped in them.

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Margaret Drabble

Review: Afternoon Tea with Margaret Drabble at The Midland

October 27, 2014 Comments Off on Review: Afternoon Tea with Margaret Drabble at The Midland

If you’ve read Northern Soul‘s interview with Margaret Drabble, you’ll know how much we admire this literary legend. Earlier this month, we were in the audience as she spoke about her latest novel at the Midland Hotel as part of the Manchester Literature Festival.

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Olivia Laing

Review: Afternoon Tea with Olivia Laing

October 25, 2014 Comments Off on Review: Afternoon Tea with Olivia Laing

One of the many things we forget as adults is how truly wonderful it is to have a good story read out loud.

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