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Monthly Archives: August 2018

Paul Neads, image courtesy of Flapjack Press

Flapjack Press’s Paul Neads talks poetry, performance and, erm, flapjacks with Henry Normal

August 11, 2018 Comments Off on Flapjack Press’s Paul Neads talks poetry, performance and, erm, flapjacks with Henry Normal

Henry Normal is a writer, poet, TV and film producer, well-known for his collaborations with Steve Coogan, Caroline Aherne and many others. Here he chats to Paul Neads, editor of Manchester-based Flapjack Press, a publishing firm specialising in poetry and poetry events. 

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Glen James Brown

“Fiction has to reflect the experiences of everybody.” Author Glen James Brown talks to Northern Soul

August 11, 2018 Comments Off on “Fiction has to reflect the experiences of everybody.” Author Glen James Brown talks to Northern Soul

There must be something in the air because Northern writers are churning out fascinating fiction at a rate of knots.

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A Northern Soul

“A factory worker with a cultural dream.” Director Sean McAllister talks about his new documentary

August 11, 2018 Comments Off on “A factory worker with a cultural dream.” Director Sean McAllister talks about his new documentary

Brian W. Lavery talks to director Sean McAllister, the man behind a documentary revealing the flip side of his home town’s UK City of Culture year. A Northern Soul follows a factory worker’s struggle to pursue what seems like an impossible cultural dream.

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Justin Pearson

Set on fire and fighting with Wonder Woman, it’s all in a day’s work for stunt coordinator Justin Pearson

August 11, 2018 Comments Off on Set on fire and fighting with Wonder Woman, it’s all in a day’s work for stunt coordinator Justin Pearson

There is footage of Justin Pearson jumping out of a window, covered in flames from head to foot and having a table kicked at him by Wonder Woman.

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Breastfeeding advert, Lunya

The Manchester restaurant tackling the stigma of breastfeeding in public

August 9, 2018 Comments Off on The Manchester restaurant tackling the stigma of breastfeeding in public

Breastfeeding. It’s always been something of a taboo subject in many ways. For a new mum “should I breast feed or not?” and then “can I do it in public?”

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“Go peddle your bad advice and fat-shaming elsewhere.” Northern Soul takes on the diet industry

August 9, 2018 Comments Off on “Go peddle your bad advice and fat-shaming elsewhere.” Northern Soul takes on the diet industry

I’ve just carried out a social media cull.

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“Northern voices are always my go-to place.” Age Before Beauty and Poldark writer Debbie Horsfield talks to Northern Soul

August 7, 2018 Comments Off on “Northern voices are always my go-to place.” Age Before Beauty and Poldark writer Debbie Horsfield talks to Northern Soul

You’d have to be allergic to magazine racks to miss the new series by Debbie Horsfield on BBC1.

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Review: CBBC Summer Social, Croxteth Country Park, Liverpool

August 7, 2018 Comments Off on Review: CBBC Summer Social, Croxteth Country Park, Liverpool

In the build-up to CBBC’s inaugural three-day Summer Social at Croxteth Country Park, much of the chatter on the local parental grapevine was about one subject: cost.

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From left, Richard Stacey, Jamie Baughan, Frances Marshall, Laurence Pears, Leigh Symonds, Liz Jadav, Naomi Petersen, ©Tony Bartholomew

Theatre Review: Joking Apart, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

August 7, 2018 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Joking Apart, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

It seems a strange thing to do, on a boiling hot summer’s evening, to come in out of the bright day and ensconce oneself in a dark theatre, along with hundreds of other people, to watch a play set outside in a garden.

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Theatre Review: Astley’s Astounding Adventures, New Vic Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent

August 7, 2018 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Astley’s Astounding Adventures, New Vic Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent

“Bye ‘eck,” said the man sitting next to me. “Ah’ve seen some stuff ‘ere, but that were fantastic!”

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