Monthly Archives: March 2021
Henry Normal, co-writer and producer of award-winning TV shows and films such as The Royle Family, The Mrs Merton Show, The Parole Officer, Paul Calf, Gavin & Stacey, Alan Partridge, among many others, shares some of his brilliant poems written for, and inspired by, his son, Johnny, as part of World Autism Awareness Week 2021.Read the full story..
No guiding star might not be an instantly powerful phrase from a poetic standpoint but, from the off, you can understand why the title of John Mills’ latest poetry collection matters.Read the full story..
“Around lunchtime, you’d break out all the bangers that everyone knows.” Northern Soul talks to buskers about life under lockdown
Can you name a town you’ve visited where at least one busker hasn’t filled the streets with the sound of their acoustic guitar? Probably not.Read the full story..
“It is a privilege to work in the arts.” Katy Taylor, Artistic Director at Queen’s Hall Arts Centre in Hexham
COVID-19 has been difficult for everyone. Nothing and no one has remained untouched, not least our theatres. UK-wide, venues have been forced to make crucial decisions about how to deal with the crisis. The UK’s creative industries, which bring in £120 billion a year for the economy, have played a vital role in keeping us going during lockdown, with theatres making a significant contribution.Read the full story..
The John Moores Painting Prize brings together the best in contemporary British painting.Read the full story..
“Maybe I could call myself a writer, after all. Maybe.” YA author Amy Stone writes for Northern Soul
During the COVID-19 pandemic, rough sleeping has fallen by 37 per cent after lockdown pushed the Government to take action on street homelessness. But with a roadmap designed to end current restrictions in place, this figure looks set to rise again once certain protections, including the ban on evictions and the temporary housing of rough sleepers, are taken away.Read the full story..
“I want to show the humanity that’s so often ignored.” Sarah Tarbit, winner of the Screen/Play Award
It’s quite an achievement. A Northumberland-based writer has racked up a major career milestone after beating nearly 350 entries in an open call-out for plays.Read the full story..
We love a good ginnel at Northern Soul.Read the full story..
Last night I dreamt I went to watch live theatre again.Read the full story..
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