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Book Review: This Is How We Come Back Stronger – Feminist Writers on Turning Crisis into Change

April 20, 2021 No Comments

Women across the world are bearing the brunt of the COVID-19 crisis.

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Excavate!

Book Review: Excavate! The Wonderful and Frightening World of The Fall

April 1, 2021 Comments Off on Book Review: Excavate! The Wonderful and Frightening World of The Fall

In the preface to this new Faber compendium of essays about The Fall, co-editors Tessa Norton and Bob Stanley declare that ‘this book is not about a rock band’. They say: ‘This is not even about Mark E Smith. The book is for Mark E Smith more than it is about him.”

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Photos of Max Stockin courtesy of CTR Photography. 

“Around lunchtime, you’d break out all the bangers that everyone knows.” Northern Soul talks to buskers about life under lockdown

March 30, 2021 Comments Off on “Around lunchtime, you’d break out all the bangers that everyone knows.” Northern Soul talks to buskers about life under lockdown

Can you name a town you’ve visited where at least one busker hasn’t filled the streets with the sound of their acoustic guitar? Probably not.

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That’s so Chorlton ginnel by phil pearson

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

March 22, 2021 Comments Off on Photo Gallery: GinnelWatch – time to show us your ginnels…

We love a good ginnel at Northern Soul.

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Dried Seeds

Growing up North: Prepping and pruning the winter garden

March 13, 2021 Comments Off on Growing up North: Prepping and pruning the winter garden

Looking out at the garden at this time of year is hardly an inspiring sight. But under the frost and brown dead stems are green shoots and a glimmer of hope for warmer days.

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Manchester Fashion Movement

“Why do we just throw clothing away?” The founders of Manchester Fashion Movement talk to Northern Soul

March 1, 2021 Comments Off on “Why do we just throw clothing away?” The founders of Manchester Fashion Movement talk to Northern Soul

Over the last year or so, I’ve become extremely anxious.

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Castles from Cobwebs

Book Review: Castles from Cobwebs by J.A. Mensah

February 19, 2021 Comments Off on Book Review: Castles from Cobwebs by J.A. Mensah

During the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, I stopped reading.

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Image by Hayley-Jane Sims

The Gayby Has Landed: A very COVID-19 winter

February 11, 2021 Comments Off on The Gayby Has Landed: A very COVID-19 winter

I’ve always tried to air on the chipper side of doom when it comes to getting through coronavirus times.

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Relax

Book Review – Relax: A User’s Guide to Life in the Age of Anxiety by Timothy Caulfield

February 7, 2021 Comments Off on Book Review – Relax: A User’s Guide to Life in the Age of Anxiety by Timothy Caulfield

It’s easy to believe that the entire world has lost its mind.

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Park Hill flats, Sheffield, (c) Damon Fairclough 1987 (3)

Brute Strength: Why Our Northern Concrete is Worth Keeping

January 17, 2021 Comments Off on Brute Strength: Why Our Northern Concrete is Worth Keeping

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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