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Monthly Archives: July 2020

West Yorkshire Print Workshop

Good News in Focus: Prosper North, a free business support programme aimed at cultural heritage organisations in the North

July 20, 2020 Comments Off on Good News in Focus: Prosper North, a free business support programme aimed at cultural heritage organisations in the North

Northern Soul and People’s Powerhouse are continuing our partnership to share good new stories about businesses, people and communities coming together in the North of England during the COVID-19 crisis. As the country begins to loosen lockdown restrictions, we’re talking to Northerners doing excellent work across the region.

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The Stinky Chef: Sautéed porcini mushrooms, potato and sage

July 18, 2020 Comments Off on The Stinky Chef: Sautéed porcini mushrooms, potato and sage

During these strange and uncertain times, we’re all in need of a pick-me-up. And what better than something to feed the body as well as the soul?

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Photo Gallery: Reopening Royal Albert Dock, Liverpool

July 18, 2020 Comments Off on Photo Gallery: Reopening Royal Albert Dock, Liverpool

With the COVID-19 lockdown lifted (to some degree) and businesses finding safe ways to reopen their doors, hospitality and leisure venues at Royal Albert Dock Liverpool are beginning to welcome back guests.

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Hope Mill Theatre. Credit: Grant Archer

Coronavirus: will the arts survive? Northern arts practitioners and performers tell us their stories

July 18, 2020 Comments Off on Coronavirus: will the arts survive? Northern arts practitioners and performers tell us their stories

At the time of writing, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden had just announced that indoor live theatre performances can recommence on August 1.

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“I think theatre will come back and thrive.” Northern Soul talks to playwright Jonathan Harvey and director Joseph Houston

July 16, 2020 Comments Off on “I think theatre will come back and thrive.” Northern Soul talks to playwright Jonathan Harvey and director Joseph Houston

While theatres remain closed, many venues have created online events to connect with audiences.

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Photo Gallery – Howfen Portraits: lockdown street photos in Bolton

July 15, 2020 Comments Off on Photo Gallery – Howfen Portraits: lockdown street photos in Bolton

It was a boiling hot day and I was having a brew in the back garden when the idea of doorstep portraits came to mind.

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The Empathy Experiment. Photo credit: Charles Leek

Online Theatre Review: The Empathy Experiment

July 12, 2020 Comments Off on Online Theatre Review: The Empathy Experiment
I have Zoom fatigue. While the COVID-19 crisis has ensured that platforms like Zoom, Skype and WhatsApp are essential parts of our ‘new normal’, the idea of online drinks makes me lethargic. And while I am grateful to be able to communicate with loved ones, I only have to overhear housemate’s Zoom quizzes and I want to curl up, cat-like, under my duvet. Our digital social lives are exhausting and I feel frustrated by screen glitches and faces freezing mid-sentence.
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Gaynor Jones

“Stay true to the kind of work you want to produce.” Author Gaynor Jones reflects on what it means to be a Northern writer

July 10, 2020 Comments Off on “Stay true to the kind of work you want to produce.” Author Gaynor Jones reflects on what it means to be a Northern writer

Gaynor Jones, winner of Northern Soul Writer of the Year 2018, looks back on a year that was full of surprises.

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Poetry Review: Threat by Julia Webb

July 10, 2020 Comments Off on Poetry Review: Threat by Julia Webb

There’s an awful lot to admire in Threat, a poetry collection by Julia Webb which carefully guides the reader on a roller coaster ride through dysfunctional families, love, loss and domestic violence.

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OperaWatch: Lockdown Edition

July 10, 2020 Comments Off on OperaWatch: Lockdown Edition

It’s been a quiet old time here at OperaWatch HQ. The furniture is dust-covered, the trainee opera critics have all been furloughed and I sit here like Miss Havisham dripping in cobwebs and waiting for news, any news.

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