Blasts from the Furnace
Reviews, features and hot air by Damon Fairclough, a writer based in Liverpool via a long lost Sheffield of the soul.
It always helps an interview along when you discover a family connection to the global mega-star sitting in front you.Read the full story..
There are many reasons to feel a surge of joy at the sight of the Liverpool skyline.Read the full story..
Sometimes it happens that certain playwrights have a ‘moment’, a period during which their work suddenly taps into the creative consciousness bubbling just beneath our feet and causes multiple dramatic fountains to burst through.Read the full story..
Many people of a certain age will remember the suburban wonders of a living-room slideshow. It was cinema you could do yourself with the lights out, curtains pulled, and head-cut-off holiday portraits beamed against the woodchipped wall.Read the full story..
I’ve never attempted to adapt a novel for the stage, but if I did, I can tell you a few things I’d look for when choosing a suitable book.Read the full story..
Much has been made of The Mersey Sound poetry anthology in Liverpool this year.Read the full story..
There’s no doubt about it, it’s an inspiring story.Read the full story..
It’s strange how some artists become inextricably linked with specific locations while for others, a sense of place is a more nebulous affair.Read the full story..
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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