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Lemn Sissay, Something Dark

Review: Something Dark, HOME, Manchester

October 21, 2017 No Comments

Lemn Sissay is magnetic.

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John Cooper Clarke at BBC 6 Music Festival

Henry Normal: Why I Hate Poems

September 28, 2017 Comments Off on Henry Normal: Why I Hate Poems

The great English 60s poet Adrian Mitchell once said, “most people ignore most poetry because most poetry ignores most people”.

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Henry Normal

Henry Normal talks about nature, getting older and writing what you know

September 20, 2017 Comments Off on Henry Normal talks about nature, getting older and writing what you know

Poetry is everywhere at the moment.

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Thick Richard

Making Life Rhyme: Northern Soul chats to Punk in Drublic

July 26, 2017 Comments Off on Making Life Rhyme: Northern Soul chats to Punk in Drublic

My knowledge of poetry begins and ends with Pam Ayres (ask your Granny) and four-line stanzas where something rhymes with Nantucket.

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John Hegley

Northern Soul chats to John Hegley about poeting, the Peel Sessions and performance

July 3, 2017 Comments Off on Northern Soul chats to John Hegley about poeting, the Peel Sessions and performance

Upon commencing an interview with beloved poet and performer John Hegley, Northern Soul apologises profusely for being a couple of minutes late.

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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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Scary Fairy, BBC

Craig Charles talks scary fairies and funk and soul with Northern Soul

January 9, 2017 Comments Off on Craig Charles talks scary fairies and funk and soul with Northern Soul

What do you get if you take Craig Charles, the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and Hansel and Gretel and shake them all up together? You get an invitation into the world of the Scary Fairy.

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“If you avoid serious subjects, comedy isn’t funny” Henry Normal talks to Northern Soul

September 14, 2016 Comments Off on “If you avoid serious subjects, comedy isn’t funny” Henry Normal talks to Northern Soul

He promises poems about “death, human frailty and other classic conversation stoppers”. As pitches go for a literature event hoping to put bums on seats, it’s not your run of the mill promotion. But Henry Normal isn’t your conventional fella. 

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Poet Lemn Sissay talks to Northern Soul

July 25, 2016 Comments Off on Poet Lemn Sissay talks to Northern Soul

‘We have to shout poetry from the rooftops, revolution is in poetry.’

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Old St. Stephen’s church

Reforging the Sampo: a defibrillator for poetry

October 12, 2015 Comments Off on Reforging the Sampo: a defibrillator for poetry

I get about a bit as a poet, travelling across the country to tiny venues in the back rooms of pubs where an audience of three or four are there for the open mic night and have never heard of me, let alone read my poetry.

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