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The spirit of the north: actress Holliday Grainger talks to Northern Soul

January 18, 2020 No Comments

It’s not all about the glamour when you’re a famous actress, as I find out when I chat to Holliday Grainger. “I was in Mauritius yesterday and now I’m in Blackburn,” she tells me.

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Photo Gallery: GinnelWatch – time to show us your ginnels…

January 13, 2020 No Comments

We love a good ginnel at Northern SoulBut, depending on where you’re from, there are all sorts of words for what essentially amounts to an alleyway, including jennel, snicket, vennel, gennel, jitty, jetty and our favourite…a weind.

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Growing Up North: a new series from our Gardening Correspondent

January 12, 2020 No Comments

In a new series for Northern Soul, our Gardening Correspondent Claire Fleetneedle looks at the unique challenges faced by gardeners up North and shares tips, ideas and horticultural happenings across the region. 

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Resist: Stories of Uprising

Book Review: Resist – Stories of Uprising

January 6, 2020 Comments Off on Book Review: Resist – Stories of Uprising

At the time of writing, we’re five days into a new decade and our Prime Minister seems to be missing, we’re teetering on the edge of war and part of the world is literally on fire.

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British Screenwriters: the life and work of Robert Bolt

January 6, 2020 Comments Off on British Screenwriters: the life and work of Robert Bolt

It wasn’t an ideal moment for Robert Bolt to be arrested.

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Northern noir: crime author M.W. Craven talks to Northern Soul

January 5, 2020 Comments Off on Northern noir: crime author M.W. Craven talks to Northern Soul

Morse, Vera, Poirot and, um, Kojak.

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Happiness and Tears: comedy historian Louis Barfe talks about his new biography of Ken Dodd

December 23, 2019 Comments Off on Happiness and Tears: comedy historian Louis Barfe talks about his new biography of Ken Dodd

What springs to mind when you think of Ken Dodd?

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BBC’s Mimi and the Mountain Dragon

“It’s about understanding.” Northern Soul previews the BBC’s Mimi and the Mountain Dragon

December 17, 2019 Comments Off on “It’s about understanding.” Northern Soul previews the BBC’s Mimi and the Mountain Dragon

With the all-conquering stage and screen success of War Horse still fresh in the memory, a new Michael Morpurgo adaptation is a big deal.

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Festive Theatre Review: Sleeping Beauty, York Theatre Royal

December 16, 2019 Comments Off on Festive Theatre Review: Sleeping Beauty, York Theatre Royal

Ask anyone in York what makes their Theatre Royal pantomimes so special and they’ll sum it up in two words: Berwick Kaler.

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Festive Theatre Review: Dr Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical, The Lowry, Salford

December 14, 2019 Comments Off on Festive Theatre Review: Dr Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical, The Lowry, Salford

I’ve been feeling a lack of Christmas cheer.

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