Northern Soul

Author: Helen Nugent

The Prince of the Pagodas Momoko Hirata as Princess Belle Sakura and Joseph Caley as the Salamander Prince photo Richard Battye (2)

Salamanders and Princesses: the Artistic Director of Birmingham Royal Ballet talks to Northern Soul

January 29, 2014 Comments Off on Salamanders and Princesses: the Artistic Director of Birmingham Royal Ballet talks to Northern Soul

If you had to name a composition by Benjamin Britten, I’m betting that The Prince of the Pagodas wouldn’t be your first choice.

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The Sweet Taste of Success: Beech’s Fine Chocolates

January 19, 2014 Comments Off on The Sweet Taste of Success: Beech’s Fine Chocolates

Five years ago, Beech’s Fine Chocolates was threatened with closure.

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Courting Cake: a Northern tradition

January 18, 2014 Comments Off on Courting Cake: a Northern tradition

Sometimes of an evening I trip down to the local corner shop for wine and cake.

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The Northern Soul 2013 End of Year Review

December 31, 2013 Comments Off on The Northern Soul 2013 End of Year Review

Where did the year go? There’s only a few hours left of 2013. Was it good for you?

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You Know You’re Having A Northern Christmas When….

December 25, 2013 Comments Off on You Know You’re Having A Northern Christmas When….

…all this stuff happens.

(Disclaimer: Christmas being what it is, some of these observations apply nationwide)

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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: 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: (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 & 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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