Northern Soul

Author: Helen Nugent

Byker Books

Byker Books (and not a sniff of PJ & Duncan)

December 17, 2013 Comments Off on Byker Books (and not a sniff of PJ & Duncan)

Way back in the mists of time, before e-readers were invented and everyone with a blog was a ‘publisher’, a group of people from the North East of England who weren’t that enthralled by reading the memoirs of some ‘reality show’ nonentity came together…in a pub.

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James Brining

James Brining: The WY Playhouse’s Artistic Director talks to Northern Soul

December 17, 2013 Comments Off on James Brining: The WY Playhouse’s Artistic Director talks to Northern Soul

There are many journalistic fallbacks, those little turns of phrase employed by writers up against deadline or snowed under with work.

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Lucentia

Lucentia: (extra)ordinary

December 11, 2013 Comments Off on Lucentia: (extra)ordinary

For the past six years, the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair has championed designer craft-makers

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Australasia

December 11, 2013 Comments Off on Australasia

There are lots of different ways to present restaurant menus. In my time, I’ve seen simple slips of paper, red leather binders, cards and laminates

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Kathryn Tickell

Kathryn Tickell & The Side (and clog dancing)

December 11, 2013 Comments Off on Kathryn Tickell & The Side (and clog dancing)

It’s not every night you can say, “right, I’m off to an evening of Northumbrian pipes and clog dancing”. Well, apart from last Monday, that is.

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Victoria Wood’s That Day We Sang

December 11, 2013 Comments Off on Victoria Wood’s That Day We Sang

When I was 21, I spent an enjoyable year working as an usher at Manchester’s Palace Theatre and Opera House. It was the equivalent of a ‘year off’, a bit of fun with a bit of cash before I became a proper grown-up.

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Making the Cut: Fringe Theatre

December 1, 2013 Comments Off on Making the Cut: Fringe Theatre

By Alastair Michael

I have never naturally felt the same mix of fatigue, relief, adrenaline and ecstasy that I have felt as the curtain comes down on a show.

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Harp and a Monkey

Northern Soul meets Harp and a Monkey

November 24, 2013 Comments Off on Northern Soul meets Harp and a Monkey

They have been described as ‘Elbow for seafarers and ramblers’ and have made a name for themselves as electro-folk storytellers.

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How to be Northern

November 22, 2013 Comments Off on How to be Northern

Whether you’re looking to make the transition from Southerner to Northerner, returning to your roots after years in a non-Northern place or simply seeking a reconnection with your Northern heritage, here’s a guide about How to be Northern.

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War Horse

War Horse

November 21, 2013 Comments Off on War Horse

There are lots of things in life that don’t live up to the hype: Crunchie ice cream bars, Lost in Translation (so self-indulgent I fought the desire to gouge out my own eyes), Michael Owen, the time U2 did disco. I could go on.

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