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Author: Helen Nugent

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Steven Mackintosh: From the Muppets to Manchester

June 5, 2014 Comments Off on Steven Mackintosh: From the Muppets to Manchester

There’s a moment in the BBC1 drama From There To Here when, not long after the IRA bomb detonates and destroys Manchester city centre, the character of Robbo stands with his hands on his head, surveying the ruins.

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Shauna Mackin by Chris Payne

Shauna Mackin: on the brink of being proper famous

May 28, 2014 Comments Off on Shauna Mackin: on the brink of being proper famous

You know how upsetting it is when a singer has the temerity to cover your favourite artist?

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From There To Here: a love letter to Manchester

May 23, 2014 Comments Off on From There To Here: a love letter to Manchester

From There to Here is a major new BBC drama. The editor of Northern Soul met the writer Peter Bowker and director James Strong.  

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Brassed Off at Bolton Octagon

May 17, 2014 Comments Off on Brassed Off at Bolton Octagon

Turning a much-loved film into a piece of theatre is always a risk.

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John McArdle talks Brassed Off, Brookside and Billy Corkhill

May 14, 2014 Comments Off on John McArdle talks Brassed Off, Brookside and Billy Corkhill

Like many people, I spent my teenage years crushing on various people off the telly.

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No rebel without a cause: Clifford Owens

May 6, 2014 Comments Off on No rebel without a cause: Clifford Owens

Sarah Perks is artistic director, visual art and film at HOME in Manchester.

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Behind the Scenes at The Hepworth Wakefield

April 30, 2014 Comments Off on Behind the Scenes at The Hepworth Wakefield

There’s a sculpture in The Hepworth Wakefield so moving, so tender, that I can’t get it out of my mind.

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Polari

Bona to Vada your Dolly Old Eek!

April 29, 2014 Comments Off on Bona to Vada your Dolly Old Eek!

Susan Lord, co-curator of a new exhibition about Polari at Bury Art Museum, writes for Northern Soul about the genesis of the project, its ground-breaking work and the importance of preserving the language for the gay community.

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Aiden Byrne at Manchester House, The Avenue, Manchester

Aiden Byrne talks Restaurant Wars, food critics and chasing the Michelin man

April 28, 2014 Comments Off on Aiden Byrne talks Restaurant Wars, food critics and chasing the Michelin man

Manchester hasn’t had a Michelin-starred restaurant since the year I was born. I’m 40 next month.

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Exterior Window, IABF, by Kim May

Unlocking the Anthony Burgess Archive

April 8, 2014 Comments Off on Unlocking the Anthony Burgess Archive

It’s off the beaten track but that would probably have sat well with Anthony Burgess. 

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