Northern Soul

Author: Emma Yates-Badley

Victoria Beckham Kisses Daughter on the Lips, Social Media Loses its Mind

August 14, 2016 Comments Off on Victoria Beckham Kisses Daughter on the Lips, Social Media Loses its Mind

“I won’t give you a kiss,” I say to my Mum and point at my swollen pout. “For obvious reasons.” She laughs and gives me a big hug instead.

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The Price of Periods: why do homeless women have to beg for tampons?

July 19, 2016 Comments Off on The Price of Periods: why do homeless women have to beg for tampons?

Ah, periods. Your insides feel like they are being scraped away with a spoon, like egg from a shell, and there’s this weird dragging sensation in your womb. I spend most of the time in the bath or curled up on the sofa with a hot water bottle, a box of paracetamol and a block of Cathedral City cheddar.

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Haworth

Reader, I went to Haworth: following in the footsteps of the Brontës

June 22, 2016 Comments Off on Reader, I went to Haworth: following in the footsteps of the Brontës

I have loved the Brontë sisters since I was a teenage bookworm.

I spent a great deal of my young life swooning over the brooding characters of Heathcliff and Mr Rochester while reading dog-eared copies of Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre liberated from the school library.

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In Defence of Women Who Don’t Want Children

May 24, 2016 1 Comment

I am pissed off.

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Review: Mamma Mia! at the Palace Theatre, Manchester

May 13, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Mamma Mia! at the Palace Theatre, Manchester

When I think about the music of ABBA it immediately conjures memories of a cheesy wedding DJ set, the kind where everyone from your great-grandma, with her skirt hitched up round her knees, to your ten-year-old cousin throw shapes on the dance floor to the soundtrack of Dancing Queen.

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Central Library, Manchester by Andrew Moor

It’s Not Grim Up North

April 29, 2016 Comments Off on It’s Not Grim Up North

‘As you dry your clothes once again
Upon the radiator
What makes Britain great
Makes Manchester yet greater’

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Fashion on the Ration

Fashion on the Ration: 1940s Street Style at Imperial War Museum North

April 28, 2016 Comments Off on Fashion on the Ration: 1940s Street Style at Imperial War Museum North

As I sit and wait for the call to connect with Amanda Mason, the historian behind Fashion on the Ration: 1940s Street Style, a new exhibition at The Imperial War Museum North, I wonder what it is about clothing from bygone eras that has piqued our interest.

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Review: Sonnets in the City, BBC Radio 3, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

April 28, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Sonnets in the City, BBC Radio 3, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

The phrase ‘Shakespeare’s Birthday’ is enough to strike fear into the heart of anyone from Stratford-upon-Avon.

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Review: Goodnight Mister Tom, Opera House, Manchester

February 25, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Goodnight Mister Tom, Opera House, Manchester

As I wait in bar at the Opera House in Manchester, clutching my tiny bottle of wine and enjoying the novelty of attending the theatre alone, the thing that strikes me the most about the audience is its variety.

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Louise O'Neill by Miki Barlok

Review: Jeanette Winterson in conversation with Louise O’Neill

February 24, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Jeanette Winterson in conversation with Louise O’Neill

“The book was so powerful it made me cry,” my friend says. We are having coffee before heading off to watch author Louise O’Neill in conversation with Jeanette Winterson at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation in Manchester. “I had to put it down a couple of times,” I reply. ‘The sheer brutality of it meant I couldn’t continue.’

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