Northern Soul

Author: Emma Yates-Badley

Jessica Andrews. Image credit: Andrew Brooks

“It’s important to talk about northern voices.” Portico Prize-winning author Jessica Andrews on class, gender and the north

February 17, 2020 No Comments

I’ve long been fascinated with The Portico Library, which sits above the mildly rowdy Old Bank pub on Manchester’s Mosley Street.

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Review: Lush Spa, Liverpool

February 15, 2020 No Comments

I’m a fan of a good spa day but switching my brain off is tricky at the best of the times.

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Theatre Review: Wuthering Heights, Royal Exchange, Manchester

February 13, 2020 No Comments

There are more adaptations of Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights than you can shake a stick at.

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The Quarry

Book Review: The Quarry by Ben Halls

February 7, 2020 Comments Off on Book Review: The Quarry by Ben Halls

Toxic masculinity has become a bit of a buzzword in recent months.

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Anne Brontë Reimagined by Adelle Hay

Book Review: Anne Brontë Reimagined by Adelle Hay

January 29, 2020 Comments Off on Book Review: Anne Brontë Reimagined by Adelle Hay

It’s no secret that I spent my younger years with my head buried in novels by the Brontë sisters.

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Resist: Stories of Uprising

Book Review: Resist – Stories of Uprising

January 6, 2020 Comments Off on Book Review: Resist – Stories of Uprising

At the time of writing, we’re five days into a new decade and our Prime Minister seems to be missing, we’re teetering on the edge of war and part of the world is literally on fire.

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Festive Theatre Review: Dr Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical, The Lowry, Salford

December 14, 2019 Comments Off on Festive Theatre Review: Dr Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical, The Lowry, Salford

I’ve been feeling a lack of Christmas cheer.

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Festive Food Review: Dishoom, Manchester

December 12, 2019 Comments Off on Festive Food Review: Dishoom, Manchester

As a vegetarian, festive meals can be disappointing.

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Theatre Review: I’m a Phoenix, Bitch, HOME, Manchester

November 28, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: I’m a Phoenix, Bitch, HOME, Manchester

This is the second time I’ve been to HOME this year and cried.

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In Defence of Edgar the Excitable Dragon (and Christmas fans everywhere)

November 18, 2019 Comments Off on In Defence of Edgar the Excitable Dragon (and Christmas fans everywhere)

The great Christmas advert battle has commenced.

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