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Author: Helen Nugent

The Man Who Captured Sunlight: actor Freddie Fox talks about his great, great grandfather

August 9, 2022 No Comments

He’s the son of Edward, the nephew of James, and brother to Emilia. It’s no wonder that Freddie Fox was born to play Hamlet.

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Gardening: The (unexpected) joy of a shed

July 23, 2022 Comments Off on Gardening: The (unexpected) joy of a shed

It’s odd how your priorities change as you get older. In my younger days I lived in London with access to a communal garden. I was content to wander round, cats in tow, safe in the knowledge that someone else would mow the grass and sort out the weeds.

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Then and now photos show how Liverpool rebuilt after the Blitz

July 22, 2022 Comments Off on Then and now photos show how Liverpool rebuilt after the Blitz

The story of how Liverpool rebuilt itself after the devastating Blitz of 80 years ago has been illustrated in a collection of ‘then and now’ photographs for a new trail around the city.

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Behind the scenes: The Whitaker Museum & Art Gallery, Rossendale

July 10, 2022 Comments Off on Behind the scenes: The Whitaker Museum & Art Gallery, Rossendale

The Whitaker Museum and Art Gallery, in Rawtenstall, East Lancashire, reopened last year after a significant multi-million pound redevelopment funded via the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

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Lessons on debutism and the ‘difficult’ second novel

July 10, 2022 Comments Off on Lessons on debutism and the ‘difficult’ second novel

“It took 17 years from typing the first word of the first manuscript to finally being published.”

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Theatre Review – Gypsy: A Musical Fable, Buxton Opera House

July 9, 2022 Comments Off on Theatre Review – Gypsy: A Musical Fable, Buxton Opera House

What is it about musicals?

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‘Enjoy reading books when you had a state education? Come off it.’

July 5, 2022 Comments Off on ‘Enjoy reading books when you had a state education? Come off it.’

This has been an angry week. Among other rage-inducing news items, I saw a Twitter thread about the English Literature degree at Sheffield Hallam University being ‘suspended’ because the Government will no longer fund degrees where 60 per cent of students don’t end up in ‘highly skilled’ jobs within six months of graduation.

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Northern Soul’s Right Good Reads

Book Club: Northern Soul’s Right Good Reads

June 23, 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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‘Music has been a constant over the years, like a coloured thread woven into cloth’

June 23, 2022 Comments Off on ‘Music has been a constant over the years, like a coloured thread woven into cloth’

Sometimes I think about how my life would be if I had made it as a hugely famous musician.

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Gardening is glorious

June 21, 2022 Comments Off on Gardening is glorious

My Gran used to say that the best thing about gardening was the anticipation.

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