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Monthly Archives: November 2019

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Book Review: Lotus Moon with Blossom by Sheila Hamilton and Remote by Sarwa Azeezook

November 10, 2019 Comments Off on Book Review: Lotus Moon with Blossom by Sheila Hamilton and Remote by Sarwa Azeezook

Lotus Moon with Blossom poetically charts the life and times of Otagaki Rengetsu, a Buddhist nun, artist and writer in 18th century Japan.

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Travel: Lisbon

November 9, 2019 Comments Off on Travel: Lisbon

Lisbon has been on my hit list of places to go to for ages.

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Brexit Poetry: THE BIG DEBATE

November 9, 2019 Comments Off on Brexit Poetry: THE BIG DEBATE

Henry Normal, co-writer of award-winning TV and film shows such as The Royle Family, The Mrs Merton Show, The Parole Officer, Coogan’s Run, Paul Calf, and producer of Gavin and Stacey, Moone Boy, Uncle and Alan Partridge, among many others, has written four Brexit-themed poems exclusively for Northern Soul. They are called Brexit Trilogy (taking into account inflation). Here’s the fourth one. 

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Book Review: The Divide by Alan Ayckbourn

November 9, 2019 Comments Off on Book Review: The Divide by Alan Ayckbourn

Alan Ayckbourn has written more than 80 plays.

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Why I’m happy being “self-partnered”

November 5, 2019 Comments Off on Why I’m happy being “self-partnered”

Nothing piques interest, or sparks debate, more than a chat about relationships.

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Preserving our history: Lancashire Museum of Mining, Astley Green

November 4, 2019 Comments Off on Preserving our history: Lancashire Museum of Mining, Astley Green

As you approach the Lancashire Museum of Mining (formerly the Astley Green Colliery), you can’t miss the Grade II listed pit headgear which, like a huge Meccano construction, dominates the skyline.

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Film Review: Sorry We Missed You

November 4, 2019 Comments Off on Film Review: Sorry We Missed You

Not many directors have spent their careers highlighting the need for social reform in the same way as Ken Loach.

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Second Nature – what is nature anyway?

Photo Gallery: Second Nature – what is nature anyway? The Portico Library, Manchester

November 4, 2019 Comments Off on Photo Gallery: Second Nature – what is nature anyway? The Portico Library, Manchester

Did you know there’s a secret garden tucked away in an historic Manchester Library within walking distance from Piccadilly Gardens?

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Music Review: Twin Peaks Soundtrack Live, Manchester Camerata, Yes

November 4, 2019 Comments Off on Music Review: Twin Peaks Soundtrack Live, Manchester Camerata, Yes

If ever a television series was to pass across the flat screen looking glass to haunt the reality that watched it, it would be Twin Peaks. Unlike anything else when it was first transmitted, the singular creation of David Lynch and Mark Frost shifted genre and tone, time and place, the everyday and the uncanny. If darkness could bleed through into the daydreams of a homecoming queen, if people could fall out of the world, why might not such a reality slip into this one? Why not especially on All Hallow’s Eve when tradition insists that the doorway between this world and the next is easiest to cross?

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Author Nicola Mostyn at the launch of The Love Delusion in Manchester

My Space: Nicola Mostyn, author

November 3, 2019 Comments Off on My Space: Nicola Mostyn, author

In a series of articles, Northern Soul’s Phil Pearson talks to all manner of fascinating folk about the room they use to write in, paint in, and do all things creative. This week it’s author Nicola Mostyn.

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