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Brute Strength: Why Our Northern Concrete is Worth Keeping

January 17, 2021 No Comments

Wander through the gift shops of Sheffield these days, lockdown permitting, and you could be forgiven for thinking that colossal cliffs of concrete were always among the city’s most beloved landmarks.

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Lairies by Steve Hollyman

Book Review: Lairies by Steve Hollyman

January 14, 2021 No Comments

I don’t do well with violence. The thought of something grizzly turns my stomach and I’m often found hiding behind a cushion during vicious telly dramas.

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British Library North. Credit: British Library Board

“We’re a resource for the whole of the North of England.” Kenn Taylor, Lead Cultural Producer North at The British Library North

January 10, 2021 No Comments

The British Library is one of London’s most recognisable landmarks.

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The Gayby Has Landed: Parenting during COVID-19

January 6, 2021 No Comments

There was a time when my biggest anxiety about having a child was that their rainbow origins would make them prime fodder for bullies.

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Online Opera Review: Fidelio by Beethoven, Opera North

December 22, 2020 Comments Off on Online Opera Review: Fidelio by Beethoven, Opera North

This week sees a landmark in my long walk on this weird and mostly wonderful world, although weird has the upper hand at the moment.

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Cafe Exil

“It was pure, undiluted pleasure.” HOME’s Jason Wood and Saint Etienne’s Bob Stanley chat to Northern Soul about Café Exil

December 10, 2020 Comments Off on “It was pure, undiluted pleasure.” HOME’s Jason Wood and Saint Etienne’s Bob Stanley chat to Northern Soul about Café Exil

By day, Jason Wood is the creative director for film & culture at HOME in Manchester and his friend Bob Stanley is one-third of beloved British pop band Saint Etienne.

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Growing up North: A Year in the Garden

December 8, 2020 Comments Off on Growing up North: A Year in the Garden

It’s been a funny old year.

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Online Opera Review: Nineteen Ways of Looking, Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art and Chinese Arts Now

December 3, 2020 Comments Off on Online Opera Review: Nineteen Ways of Looking, Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art and Chinese Arts Now

As we hurtle towards 2021, I realise that it’s been eight months since I last saw a live opera and who knows when I will see one again.

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David Nolan

“Come for the machetes, stay for the political insights.” Author David Nolan talks to Northern Soul about his new book

November 26, 2020 Comments Off on “Come for the machetes, stay for the political insights.” Author David Nolan talks to Northern Soul about his new book

When David Nolan wrote his debut novel Black Moss two years ago, it was almost as an experiment, an unpremeditated tangent to his successful career as a journalist, documentary maker and non-fiction author.

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Review: Pigs in the Wood, Scissett, Huddersfield

November 16, 2020 Comments Off on Review: Pigs in the Wood, Scissett, Huddersfield

2020 has been an unusual year for birthdays. From socially distanced garden parties and a quick coffee in the park to strange and often glitchy gatherings via Zoom, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we celebrate another turn around the sun.

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