Monthly Archives: February 2016
In the week that my jaw plummeted in a southerly direction due to unexpected use of the phrase “zipless fuck” on Radio 4 – at 10.45am no less – you might think there’s nowhere left for transgressive discourse to go.Read the full story..
As I wait in bar at the Opera House in Manchester, clutching my tiny bottle of wine and enjoying the novelty of attending the theatre alone, the thing that strikes me the most about the audience is its variety.Read the full story..
“The book was so powerful it made me cry,” my friend says. We are having coffee before heading off to watch author Louise O’Neill in conversation with Jeanette Winterson at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation in Manchester. “I had to put it down a couple of times,” I reply. ‘The sheer brutality of it meant I couldn’t continue.’Read the full story..
Right, I think, I’ll have a slap-up lunch and then I’ll nip upstairs and walk it off with a post-prandial meander around the largest collection of L.S. Lowry paintings in the world.Read the full story..
I’m just back from the eyeball-hurting, freezing cold of New York where my senses were assaulted by screeching subway trains, honking cars, the pitiful sight of panhandlers on corners, and the smells of garbage and cheap pizza.Read the full story..
It’s not easy being an independent publisher. Just ask any anyone in the industry about the long hours devoted to promotion and the number of rejections.Read the full story..
We have an opportunity to build something new in the North, so can we not rely on a pale, male and stale stereotype?Read the full story..
Picture this: you’re a writer, of sorts. You’ve had a few short stories published, you’ve done a few performances. You even did a week at Edinburgh Fringe last year. But you’ve never, ever thought about writing for the stage. Until now.Read the full story..
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