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 seems obvious to me now that Yves Klein‘s Leap into the Void was a fake.Read the full story..
I feel as though I’m about to die. Not in a horrific, life flashing before my eyes kind of way, but in a dreamlike, out-of-body experience. Except, if I really was about to die, I would hope that a failed 1960s underpass might not be the last thing on which I rested my earthly gaze.Read the full story..
We’ve all heard it said that Britain doesn’t make things any more. We’re a service economy apparently, although I’ve never been quite certain what that entails. Does it mean we’re now merely the kind of country that waits at traffic lights to wipe the world’s windscreens, then hustles for a few coins in return?Read the full story..
Everyone knows that 1966 was a great year. England won the World Cup, the phrase “swinging London” was used for the first time and, over in Italy, the events that led to Shakespeare writing The Two Gentlemen of Verona were being played out.Read the full story..
When you’re raising kids, it can be difficult to decide on the right moment to bring them face to face with life’s nether regions.Read the full story..
At the turn of the 1980s, at the height of the Cold War, my school English class had a debate.Read the full story..
In 1986, my favourite band was called Easterhouse.Read the full story..
Here is a street. In the street stands a woman.Read the full story..
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- How are independent theatres navigating the coronavirus crisis?
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"I’m not a planner, I start with an opening chapter and then I go from there, literally making it up as I go along." Kevin Bourke talks to award-winning crime writer Trevor Wood. northernsoul.me.uk/crime-auth… @TrevorWoodWrite @bourke2Dfuture @northern_crime #CrimeFiction @The_CWA pic.twitter.com/6USt1MV6fF
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“We’re now tighter, louder and more determined than ever." Northern Soul's Georgina Gilbert talks to Manchester's independent theatre-makers to find out how they are coping with coronavirus. northernsoul.me.uk/northern-i… pic.twitter.com/MAoToXW0Mw
Right Good Mid-Week Read: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis pic.twitter.com/Sis4A3SLoQ