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Goth Weekend

Review: Goth Weekend, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

September 26, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Goth Weekend, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

There’s always something a bit weird about watching a play set in your home town, including an emotional response somewhere between pride and embarrassment when you hear the characters speak about the places that exist in real life.

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A Brief History of Women, Stephen Joseph Theatre,© Tony Bartholomew

Review: A Brief History of Women, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

September 20, 2017 Comments Off on Review: A Brief History of Women, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

“This is the first time that I’ve written a play with a house as the central character,” says Alan Ayckbourn of his new comedy, A Brief History of Women.

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Review: Di and Viv and Rose, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

August 21, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Di and Viv and Rose, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

The simple, yet complicated relationships of women are often overlooked in theatre, unless it’s to make some sort of point, or a political score.

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Review: Taking Steps, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

July 28, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Taking Steps, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

I’ve never been a fan of farce. In my head, farce equates to pouty-lipped Ooooooooh Vicar quips, buxom women ‘accidentally’ losing their clothes and a great deal of cringe-worthy sexual innuendo.

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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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Review: When We Are Married, York Theatre Royal

September 21, 2016 Comments Off on Review: When We Are Married, York Theatre Royal

When you’re born and bred Yorkshire, there’s something very satisfying about watching a play where the characters have strong Yorkshire accents.

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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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Winter walk by Paul Hunter

The Weight of Snow

December 16, 2015 Comments Off on The Weight of Snow
It’s nearly Christmas….and to celebrate Northern Soul‘s Poetry Correspondent Wendy Pratt has written a beautiful poem in response to our North Yorkshire Photographer’s Winter Walk image, taken between Stokesley and Great Ayton, North Yorks. Many thanks to Wendy and Paul Hunter for such lovely words and pictures.
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Kathryn Williams

Lyricism and Lyrics: Sylvia Plath and Kathryn Williams

October 15, 2015 Comments Off on Lyricism and Lyrics: Sylvia Plath and Kathryn Williams

Northern Soul’s Poetry Correspondent, Wendy Pratt, talks to singer/songwriter Kathryn Williams about Hypoxia, an album written to mark the 50th anniversary of Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar. Williams will be performing at the Manchester Literature Festival this weekend. 

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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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