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Northern Soul chats to artist Sarah-Joy Ford about feminism, LGBT narratives and Cut Cloth

June 6, 2017 Comments Off on Northern Soul chats to artist Sarah-Joy Ford about feminism, LGBT narratives and Cut Cloth

I can’t knit for toffee.

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Kate O'Donnell as Feste in Twelfth Night photo Jonathan Keenan

Subverting Shakespeare: Northern Soul chats to Kate O’Donnell about making Feste a feisty female

April 19, 2017 Comments Off on Subverting Shakespeare: Northern Soul chats to Kate O’Donnell about making Feste a feisty female

I’ve never been behind the scenes at the Royal Exchange in Manchester, and so it feels peculiar to be heading for the stage door.

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Great Village Bake Off

You can’t fake the bake: the Great Village Bake Off

August 26, 2016 Comments Off on You can’t fake the bake: the Great Village Bake Off

Their motto is ‘bake it, bring it, share it, eat it’. As mottos go, it’s a good one.

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Manchester Pride

What Pride means to me

August 24, 2016 Comments Off on What Pride means to me

Hurrah! The Manchester gay celebrations are almost upon us.

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Kate O'Donnell

Views from A Broad: Kate O’Donnell’s transgender story of struggle and success

August 16, 2016 Comments Off on Views from A Broad: Kate O’Donnell’s transgender story of struggle and success

One of the biggest interview clichés is someone describing their life experiences as “a journey”. However, if anyone has earned the right to use the dreaded “J” word then it’s performer Kate O’Donnell.

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Book review: We Go Around In The Night And Are Consumed By Fire

July 30, 2016 Comments Off on Book review: We Go Around In The Night And Are Consumed By Fire

Manchester? Check. Lesbians? Check. Gangsters? Oh, go on then. Reading the blurb of this debut novel by Jules Grant, a former barrister from Manchester, is more than enough to pique my interest.

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Manchester’s first openly gay Lord Mayor talks to Northern Soul

July 9, 2016 Comments Off on Manchester’s first openly gay Lord Mayor talks to Northern Soul

In just a few short weeks, Carl Austin-Behan has raised the profile of Lord Mayor of Manchester beyond measure. It’s fair to say that many of the city’s inhabitants hadn’t even realised there was a Lord Mayor until the 44-year-old was sworn in.

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Liverpool Pride, Credit Jeb Smith

Liverpool Pride: back for 2016 and better than ever

March 24, 2016 Comments Off on Liverpool Pride: back for 2016 and better than ever

“This year we are bouncing back.”

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Mister Stokes: Man-Woman of Manchester

Man-Woman of Manchester: an extraordinary story

March 4, 2016 Comments Off on Man-Woman of Manchester: an extraordinary story

In 1859 the body of a man by the name of Harry Stokes washed up in the River Irwell. Upon examination, it was discovered that twice-married Stokes was biologically female and had been successfully living the life of a Victorian man in Manchester.

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Queer as Folk

Revisiting Queer As Folk

January 20, 2016 Comments Off on Revisiting Queer As Folk

Regular readers will know that I’ve wittered on loads about how Queer As Folk sparked my desire to move Manchester, the land of the gays. But I haven’t watched it again since its initial transmission 16 years ago. So when my girlfriend suggested we re-visit both series, I thought yes, it’s time.

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