Monthly Archives: December 2020
As it’s the season of goodwill, and it’s been an incredibly testing year to say the least, we’re bringing back the annual Northern Soul End Of Year Quiz. Is your Northern knowledge up to scratch? No prizes, just a lovely feeling of smugness when you get them all right (answers are at the bottom…).Read the full story..
As we approach the end of 2020 and look back over the past 12 months, it’s hard to be optimistic. But we can reach for the things that spark joy and provide solace. For the team at Northern Soul, books were a great source of comfort in 2020 and we did an awful lot of reading. Some of these books were new publications, some were titles waiting patiently on our shelves, and some were old favourites. Here are our 2020 best reads to expand your ever-growing ‘To Be Read’ pile. Maybe some of them will bring you a sense of comfort too.Read the full story..
This week sees a landmark in my long walk on this weird and mostly wonderful world, although weird has the upper hand at the moment.Read the full story..
The past 12 months have been a lot to process – and the world is looking at a very different festive period in 2020. As we head into the season of goodwill, we asked the brilliant Northern Soul team how they will be spending Christmas during a global pandemic.Read the full story..
While Christmas may look a little different this year, at Northern Soul we love our festive traditions and here’s a particular favourite: the Northern Soul Christmas poem written exclusively for us by Wendy Pratt in response to Phil Pounder’s beautiful photograph.Read the full story..
It was the swings swaddled in clingfilm-like tied-back curtains that got me.Read the full story..
“Artworks can tell stories.” Art historian Sara Riccardi writes about the importance of art – for everyone
When I meet someone I’ve only communicated with via email for the first time, they are sometimes surprised to find that I’m a rather cheerful young woman.Read the full story..
There’s a wonderful poem written by Thomas Hood in the early 1800s which sums up the reality of a Northern winter.Read the full story..
For a venue synonymous with The Beatles and well-used to packing out its basement, 2020 has seen its acts playing to an eerily empty room. But The Cavern Club in Liverpool is still going strong.Read the full story..
- Review: Inviolable – Joy as a form of resistance by Linnet Panashe Rubaya, Saul Hay Gallery, Manchester
- Review: Use Hearing Protection – The Early Years of Factory Records, Science & Industry Museum, Manchester
- Keeping the Brontë spirit alive during Covid: Rebecca Yorke from the Brontë Parsonage Museum talks to Northern Soul
- “Being on stage is my happy place.” Julie Hesmondhalgh talks to Northern Soul
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@jennashworth She has resting sad face, which is a nightmare as she is on a special diet for her small kidneys, can't have human food and regularly begs for it. She looks like she was made by Pixar and it's so hard to resist her little face. Everyone in our household loves this book. ~ Emma