Monthly Archives: January 2016
James Bentley is a lifelong fan of Bury Football Club. Now he’s published a book about the team’s extraordinary 1984/85 season and the state of British football in the 1980s. He writes for Northern Soul about how it all came about.Read the full story..
A new exhibition in Sheffield brings together old and new artworks to explore the world of John Ruskin. Do modern artists have just as much to say about the role of creating beautiful things as the Victorians did?Read the full story..
Language shapes how we see places and the people living in them, says Laura Brown. But the North loses the language game, and has done for generations.Read the full story..
“I bet you didn’t know I made cheese.” This banner can be spotted at food markets up and down the country.Read the full story..
It seems rough, tough Northern lads and lasses can still really show those Southern namby-pambies a thing or two when it comes to settling a dispute with a bit of a scrap.Read the full story..
With Winter well underway, the next few months are traditionally chilly, drab and punctuated by an assortment of coughs, colds and viruses.Read the full story..
Mountain climbers have it easy, don’t they? When asked why they want to tackle a treacherous peak, they have a pre-packed cliché tucked away between their long johns and the Kendal mint cake.Read the full story..
Julie Hesmondhalgh always makes me cry. Whether it’s during those last few scenes in Coronation Street when she portrayed Hayley Cropper’s final moments or as Sylvia Lancaster in the heart-wrenching Black Roses: The Killing of Sophie Lancaster, there’s something about Hesmondhalgh’s performances guaranteed to make me blub like a small child.Read the full story..
Deansgate is one of the most well-heeled areas of Manchester city centre. It’s home to large department stores, major shopping developments and the Beetham Tower. But it wasn’t always this way.Read the full story..
- “The need for us is still there.” Junior Akinola, Chair of the Board of Trustees at Manchester’s Contact Theatre
- Brute Strength: Why Our Northern Concrete is Worth Keeping
- Writing a novel in 2021? Tips and guidance from a successful 2020 debut author
- “We’re a resource for the whole of the North of England.” Kenn Taylor, Lead Cultural Producer North at The British Library North
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