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Author: Emma Yates-Badley

Challenge Everything

Book Review: Challenge Everything – An Extinction Rebellion Guide to Saving the Planet by Blue Sandford

September 19, 2020 Comments Off on Book Review: Challenge Everything – An Extinction Rebellion Guide to Saving the Planet by Blue Sandford

Extinction Rebellion gets a lot of bad press.

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“Write. Keep writing.” Dinesh Allirajah Prize 2020 winner JE Rowney talks to Northern Soul

September 5, 2020 Comments Off on “Write. Keep writing.” Dinesh Allirajah Prize 2020 winner JE Rowney talks to Northern Soul
We’re delighted to announce that Northern Soul has 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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Travel: Three days in Filey and Flamborough

August 14, 2020 Comments Off on Travel: Three days in Filey and Flamborough

I love a good holiday. I feel happiest with the sun on my skin, a strong cocktail in hand, and the prospect of a trek around a European city. So, with COVID-19 scuppering any chances of jetting abroad for a break (a holiday to Cyprus I’d booked for June was cancelled and, personally, I don’t feel comfortable heading off to another country while Greater Manchester is in the grips of a local lockdown), it looked like Costa del Patio was the only destination where I’d be soaking up the rays.

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Goodness Zero Waste

“We are going about things completely the wrong way.” Lucy MacCallum Reynolds from Goodness Zero Waste talks to Northern Soul

August 12, 2020 Comments Off on “We are going about things completely the wrong way.” Lucy MacCallum Reynolds from Goodness Zero Waste talks to Northern Soul

What has happened to the zero waste movement during COVID-19?

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“We know the North isn’t one place, it’s not just one voice.” Northern Soul talks to HarperNorth’s Publishing Director, Genevieve Pegg

August 10, 2020 Comments Off on “We know the North isn’t one place, it’s not just one voice.” Northern Soul talks to HarperNorth’s Publishing Director, Genevieve Pegg

The North-South divide has long been a contentious issue but recent events seem to have accentuated the gap.

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The new Arts and Humanities Building at Manchester Metropolitan University on Oxford Road—home of Manchester Poetry Library.

“It helps you explore what it is to be human.” Becky Swain, Director of the new Manchester Poetry Library, talks to Northern Soul

July 24, 2020 Comments Off on “It helps you explore what it is to be human.” Becky Swain, Director of the new Manchester Poetry Library, talks to Northern Soul

When you think about a traditional library, what comes to mind? Books from floor to ceiling? Maybe a frosty librarian and a lot of dramatic shushing? Growing up I adored the library, but years spent at university, pouring over textbooks and watching the person sitting next to me sneakily wolf a smelly tuna sandwich, dampened my library-loving spirit. It’s only in recent years that I’ve rekindled the flame.

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Portrait of Humanity Vol 2

Book Review: Portrait of Humanity Vol 2

July 24, 2020 Comments Off on Book Review: Portrait of Humanity Vol 2

I am mildly obsessed with the photography collections from Hoxton Mini Press.

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The Empathy Experiment. Photo credit: Charles Leek

Online Theatre Review: The Empathy Experiment

July 12, 2020 Comments Off on Online Theatre Review: The Empathy Experiment
I have Zoom fatigue. While the COVID-19 crisis has ensured that platforms like Zoom, Skype and WhatsApp are essential parts of our ‘new normal’, the idea of online drinks makes me lethargic. And while I am grateful to be able to communicate with loved ones, I only have to overhear housemate’s Zoom quizzes and I want to curl up, cat-like, under my duvet. Our digital social lives are exhausting and I feel frustrated by screen glitches and faces freezing mid-sentence.
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How on Earth Can I Be Eco-Friendly? By Lianne Bell

Book Review: How on Earth Can I Be Eco-Friendly? by Lianne Bell

July 2, 2020 Comments Off on Book Review: How on Earth Can I Be Eco-Friendly? by Lianne Bell

Sustainability is the latest buzzword. From organic skincare and ‘conscious’ fashion collections to bamboo toothbrushes, it seems everyone and their dog is advocating for a more eco-friendly lifestyle. But it can be difficult to know what’s useful and what’s simply greenwashing (providing misleading information about how a company’s products are environmentally sound). 

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Hawkshead Relish Thank You Jam

Good News: positive stories from across the North

June 22, 2020 Comments Off on Good News: positive stories from across the North

Northern Soul and People’s Powerhouse are partnering to share good news stories about businesses, people and communities coming together in the North of England and showing us the best of humanity during the COVID-19 crisis. We’ve heard so many examples of people showing great kindness and compassion and we think that these stories deserve to be shared far and wide. Let’s bring a little sprinkle of joy to people’s news feed and show the world how great Northerners really are, especially in challenging times.

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