Author: Kevin Bourke
“Labouring-class voices remain underappreciated.” The poetry of the Cotton Famine is brought to life by Faustus
It is known as the Cotton Panic.Read the full story..
Amid all the flash and bombast that defined the late 80s, Cowboy Junkies proved there was an audience waiting for something quiet, beautiful and reflective with their compelling 1988 classic, The Trinity Session.Read the full story..
Last year, when David Agnew opted to move the English Folk Expo and its public-facing concerts to central Manchester after several years based around Bury Met, there was a certain amount of discreet breath-holding as to whether its delicate balance of intimacy with a worldwide mission to spotlight English music and artists could work as well in this new context, right in the vibrant heart of the city and spread around several venues.Read the full story..
When Manchester recently bid for and won UNESCO City of Literature status, part of its success was undoubtedly based on the thriving Manchester Literature Festival, an annual reminder to the world that Manchester was the city which built the UK’s first public lending library and gave the world the work of great writers including Elizabeth Gaskell, Anthony Burgess, Howard Jacobson and many more.Read the full story..
When the best-selling crime writer Ian Rankin brings his Investigating Murder: An Evening with Ian Rankin to Manchester’s HOME, the intention, he says, is not simply to talk about his new book In A House Of Lies (incidentally, one of the best thrillers of the year if you ask me) then sign some copies.Read the full story..
Before you’ve even stepped properly inside Everything that happened and would happen there’s a palpable sense of awe, not to say slight intimidation, at the setting.Read the full story..
Typical. You wait ages for a Shakespeare mash-up on one of Manchester’s main stages then two come along at once.Read the full story..
Will Dean’s Dark Pines is one of this year’s hottest crime debuts, and with a back story that’s nearly as intriguing as the book itself.Read the full story..
Rebecca West’s novella The Return of the Soldier, published in 1918 when she was just 25-years-old, was a striking debut.Read the full story..
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The Northern Soul Awards 2018
The Northern Soul Awards 2018 took place at the stunning Manchester Cathedral on November 15. Here’s our list of winners, along with the Highly Commended and Special Mentions for each category. Congratulations!
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