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Theatre Review: Matilda – The Musical, Palace Theatre, Manchester

September 21, 2018 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Matilda – The Musical, Palace Theatre, Manchester

Eight years ago, I snagged tickets to Matilda: The Musical at Stratford-upon-Avon’s Courtyard Theatre.

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Torchlit Procession, The Village Green

Review: Festival No.6, Portmeirion, North Wales

September 18, 2018 No Comments

There’s an air of sadness at the end of a festival weekend as tents are packed up and the latest voguish accessories are put away (this year: glittery pleated capes, peaked caps and elaborately large feathers).

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Northern Lights Writers Festival

Review: Northern Lights Writers’ Conference, Waterside, Sale

September 17, 2018 No Comments

“I’m just surprised they’re holding something like this here,” whispers one of my fellow conference-goers as we take our seats in the Robert Bolt Theatre for this year’s Northern Lights Writers’ Conference.

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Reasons to Stay Alive, Matt Haig

The book that changed my life: Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig

September 6, 2018 Comments Off on The book that changed my life: Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig

When I first picked up Matt Haig’s Reasons to Stay Alive, I never anticipated how much it would change my life. Let me share the extract that made me realise that it’s OK not to be OK.

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And Other Stories

What became of the Year of Publishing Women? Stefan Tobler from And Other Stories talks to Northern Soul

September 1, 2018 Comments Off on What became of the Year of Publishing Women? Stefan Tobler from And Other Stories talks to Northern Soul

Back in 2015, The Guardian and The Bookseller published a talk by novelist Kamila Shamsie at Hay Festival where she suggested that a Year of Publishing Women would help to reset the gender imbalance for published authors.

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#BeeInTheCity: Northern Soul chats to Sneezebee

August 28, 2018 Comments Off on #BeeInTheCity: Northern Soul chats to Sneezebee

If you’ve been out and about in Manchester this summer, you’ll probably have noticed some new arrivals in the city. That’s right…the Manchester bees have landed.

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Chickpea Curry, Pen and Pencil, Ancoats and Northern Quarter Cookbook

Scran: Chickpea Curry from the Ancoats and Northern Quarter Cookbook

August 28, 2018 Comments Off on Scran: Chickpea Curry from the Ancoats and Northern Quarter Cookbook

Featuring more than 20 restaurants from top food venues in the Manchester neighbourhoods of Ancoats and the Northern Quarter, the Ancoats and Northern Quarter Cookbook is a feast of recipes with all profits going to the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity.

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Love online: are dating apps ruining romance?

August 27, 2018 Comments Off on Love online: are dating apps ruining romance?

My relationship with dating apps is complicated.

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Bronte Parsonage Museum

Why are we so keen to diagnose Emily Brontë?

August 27, 2018 Comments Off on Why are we so keen to diagnose Emily Brontë?

2018 marks 200 years since Emily Jane Brontë was born in Thornton near Bradford.

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Fleetneedles Forage: Burning Summer

August 23, 2018 Comments Off on Fleetneedles Forage: Burning Summer

It’s been a weird summer over here at Fleedneedles Forage.

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