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Monthly Archives: March 2021

Henry Normal and his son, Johnny

World Autism Awareness Week 2021: Henry Normal shares poems to, and inspired by, his son Johnny

March 31, 2021 Comments Off on World Autism Awareness Week 2021: Henry Normal shares poems to, and inspired by, his son Johnny

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.

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Poetry Review: No guiding star by John Mills

March 30, 2021 Comments Off on Poetry Review: No guiding star by John Mills

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.

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Photos of Max Stockin courtesy of CTR Photography. 

“Around lunchtime, you’d break out all the bangers that everyone knows.” Northern Soul talks to buskers about life under lockdown

March 30, 2021 Comments Off on “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.

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Katy Taylor at QHA Box Office

“It is a privilege to work in the arts.” Katy Taylor, Artistic Director at Queen’s Hall Arts Centre in Hexham

March 30, 2021 Comments Off on “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.

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Melanie Goemans Hawthorn (triptych)

Review: John Moores Painting Prize Virtual Exhibition, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

March 29, 2021 Comments Off on Review: John Moores Painting Prize Virtual Exhibition, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

The John Moores Painting Prize brings together the best in contemporary British painting. 

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Strong Stuff

“Maybe I could call myself a writer, after all. Maybe.” YA author Amy Stone writes for Northern Soul

March 29, 2021 Comments Off on “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.

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Sarah Tarbit

“I want to show the humanity that’s so often ignored.” Sarah Tarbit, winner of the Screen/Play Award

March 28, 2021 Comments Off on “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.

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That’s so Chorlton ginnel by phil pearson

Photo Gallery: GinnelWatch – time to show us your ginnels…

March 22, 2021 Comments Off on Photo Gallery: GinnelWatch – time to show us your ginnels…

We love a good ginnel at Northern Soul.

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Dream

Online Theatre Review: Dream, The Audience of The Future Consortium

March 20, 2021 Comments Off on Online Theatre Review: Dream, The Audience of The Future Consortium

Last night I dreamt I went to watch live theatre again.

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Dinesh Allirajah Prize for Short Fiction

Media Sponsor: Northern Soul – shortlist announced for the Dinesh Allirajah Prize for Short Fiction 2021

March 19, 2021 Comments Off on Media Sponsor: Northern Soul – shortlist announced for the Dinesh Allirajah Prize for Short Fiction 2021

We’re delighted to have teamed up with Comma Press and the University of Central Lancashire as Media Partner for the fourth annual Dinesh Allirajah Prize for Short Fiction.

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