Northern Soul

Author: Desmond Bullen

Theatre Review: The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz, Octagon Theatre, University Of Bolton Stadium

Dec 7, 2018 No Comments

Much like Dorothy, Bolton Octagon has been cast adrift from its moorings, although in a manner less dramatic than cyclonic updraft.

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Review: Wicked, Palace Theatre, Manchester

Dec 7, 2018 No Comments

I could quibble.

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A Version of the Truth

Book Review: A Version of the Truth by B.P. Walter

Nov 25, 2018 Comments Off on Book Review: A Version of the Truth by B.P. Walter

Appearances can be deceptive.

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These Northern Types

Book Review: These Northern Types, edited by Oli Bentley

Nov 23, 2018 Comments Off on Book Review: These Northern Types, edited by Oli Bentley

Ambitious in the best sense of the word, These Northern Types is nothing less than a frequently discursive disquisition on the nature of Northernness as unapologetically contrary as the North itself.

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Martin Parr: Return to Manchester GB. England. Manchester. 1981.

Review – Martin Parr: Return to Manchester, Manchester Art Gallery

Nov 21, 2018 Comments Off on Review – Martin Parr: Return to Manchester, Manchester Art Gallery

Martin Parr has the subtle knack of locating the delightful in the mundane, the unlikely in the familiar, inviting us to look twice where we might long since have failed to notice.

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Appointment In Arezzo

Review – A Celebration of Muriel Spark: Jackie Kay, Alan Taylor & Louise Welsh, Manchester Literature Festival

Oct 18, 2018 Comments Off on Review – A Celebration of Muriel Spark: Jackie Kay, Alan Taylor & Louise Welsh, Manchester Literature Festival

It’s cosily disorientating.

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Day sketch for an architect's retreat Gordon Hodkinson

Review – Drawing The Modern: The Work of Gordon Hodkinson, Manchester Metropolitan University

Oct 6, 2018 Comments Off on Review – Drawing The Modern: The Work of Gordon Hodkinson, Manchester Metropolitan University

Over the past decade, there’s been a parabolic swell of a very particular appreciation for modernist architecture, best exemplified by Manchester’s (and now Sheffield’s) Modernist Society.

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Image: William Kentridge, in collaboration with Philip Miller, Catherine Meyburgh and Peter Gibson. The Refusal of Time, 2012

Review – William Kentridge: Thick Time, The Whitworth, Manchester

Oct 6, 2018 Comments Off on Review – William Kentridge: Thick Time, The Whitworth, Manchester

Crossing the threshold into William Kentridge’s puzzle box of a touring exhibition, presently awaiting discovery at the edges of Manchester’s Whitworth, is a subtly, if pleasurably, disorientating experience, as though its terrain was the lens of a kaleidoscope at the moment a determined shift of the instrument brings the same fragments into a different focus.

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“If the city had a voice, where would you hear it?” Northern Soul chats to author Ben Webster

Oct 6, 2018 Comments Off on “If the city had a voice, where would you hear it?” Northern Soul chats to author Ben Webster

Ben Webster finds himself in a curious position.

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We Were Strangers

Book Review: We Were Strangers – Stories Inspired by Unknown Pleasures edited by Richard V. Hirst

Sep 17, 2018 Comments Off on Book Review: We Were Strangers – Stories Inspired by Unknown Pleasures edited by Richard V. Hirst

Viewed decades later, the sleeve of Unknown Pleasures anticipates the after-effects of the vinyl it enfolds: its image the radiation signature of a star long dead, its transmissions still detectable by those with ears to hear.

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