Northern Soul

Author: Emma Yates-Badley

100 Voices

Book Review: 100 Voices edited by Miranda Roszkowski

April 21, 2022 Comments Off on Book Review: 100 Voices edited by Miranda Roszkowski

Like many women I know, there have been times when I have struggled to voice my achievements. Perhaps this is because they haven’t seemed big enough or the right sort of accomplishment.

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Sally J. Morgan. Image credit: Jessica Chubb Jan 2022

“It was a story I needed to tell.” Portico Prize-winning author Sally J Morgan on gender inequality, friendship and the North

February 9, 2022 Comments Off on “It was a story I needed to tell.” Portico Prize-winning author Sally J Morgan on gender inequality, friendship and the North

A staple of Manchester’s cultural and literary life, The Portico Library is situated above The Bank pub on Mosley Street. The 19th century library houses more than 25,000 books and is filled with archives covering 450 years. While The Portico is a subscription library, it works with diverse communities in the region to create events, exhibitions and learning programmes. It is also the home of The Portico Prize, established in 1985, a biennial award which accepts submissions across all literary formats and gives £10,000 to an overall winner.

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The Reactor

Book Review: The Reactor by Nick Blackburn

February 1, 2022 Comments Off on Book Review: The Reactor by Nick Blackburn

Reading is my way of making sense of the world around me.

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Right Good Reads

Book Club: Northern Soul’s Right Good Reads

January 19, 2022 Comments Off on Book Club: Northern Soul’s Right Good Reads

At Northern Soul, we can often be found with our nose buried in a book. As a team, we are notorious bookworms and are passionate about championing all things literary. 

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Earthshot: How to Save Our Planet by Colin Butfield and Jonnie Hughes.

Book Review: Earthshot – How to Save Our Planet by Colin Butfield and Jonnie Hughes

January 18, 2022 Comments Off on Book Review: Earthshot – How to Save Our Planet by Colin Butfield and Jonnie Hughes

We’re at the start of a critical decade that will determine the future of our planet.

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Books: Northern Soul’s Best Reads of 2021

December 17, 2021 Comments Off on Books: Northern Soul’s Best Reads of 2021

As we approach the end of 2021, we’re looking back on the things that have brought us immense comfort during another turbulent year.

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The Joy of Small Things

Book Review: The Joy of Small Things by Hannah Jane Parkinson

November 7, 2021 Comments Off on Book Review: The Joy of Small Things by Hannah Jane Parkinson

Joy feels like it’s been in short supply these past 18 months. What with a global health crisis, food shortages, and the whole world literally and metaphorically being on fire, now more than ever we could all do with a big dose of happiness.

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Winnie-the-Pooh - Once There Was a Bear (The Official 95th Anniversary Prequel)

Book Review: Winnie-the-Pooh – Once There Was a Bear (The Official 95th Anniversary Prequel) by Jane Riordan

October 12, 2021 Comments Off on Book Review: Winnie-the-Pooh – Once There Was a Bear (The Official 95th Anniversary Prequel) by Jane Riordan

As I write this from my bed, there’s a Winnie-the-Pooh stuffed toy sitting next to me.

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Sunday with Sides

Food Review: Sunday with Sides/Cauliflower Cheese Menu, Ducie Street Warehouse, Manchester

October 12, 2021 Comments Off on Food Review: Sunday with Sides/Cauliflower Cheese Menu, Ducie Street Warehouse, Manchester

I have eaten cauliflower for dinner for three nights in a row this week.

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Ghosted by Jenn Ashworth

Book Review: Ghosted – A Love Story by Jenn Ashworth

September 5, 2021 Comments Off on Book Review: Ghosted – A Love Story by Jenn Ashworth

In the age of internet dating, words such as ‘orbiting’ and ‘ghosting’ have fast become a part of the collective lexicon.

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