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It’s Not Grim Up North

It’s Not Grim Up North is Emma Yates-Badley’s blog for Northern Soul. It documents her rekindled love affair with the city of Manchester.

Sally J. Morgan. Image credit: Jessica Chubb Jan 2022

“It was a story I needed to tell.” Portico Prize-winning author Sally J Morgan on gender inequality, friendship and the North

February 9, 2022 Comments Off on “It was a story I needed to tell.” Portico Prize-winning author Sally J Morgan on gender inequality, friendship and the North

A staple of Manchester’s cultural and literary life, The Portico Library is situated above The Bank pub on Mosley Street. The 19th century library houses more than 25,000 books and is filled with archives covering 450 years. While The Portico is a subscription library, it works with diverse communities in the region to create events, exhibitions and learning programmes. It is also the home of The Portico Prize, established in 1985, a biennial award which accepts submissions across all literary formats and gives £10,000 to an overall winner.

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Earthshot: How to Save Our Planet by Colin Butfield and Jonnie Hughes.

Book Review: Earthshot – How to Save Our Planet by Colin Butfield and Jonnie Hughes

January 18, 2022 Comments Off on Book Review: Earthshot – How to Save Our Planet by Colin Butfield and Jonnie Hughes

We’re at the start of a critical decade that will determine the future of our planet.

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Recipes to spice up your Christmas from Wing Yip: Bibimbap – Leftover Turkey

November 29, 2021 Comments Off on Recipes to spice up your Christmas from Wing Yip: Bibimbap – Leftover Turkey

If you’re anything like the team at Northern Soul, you’ve probably commenced the countdown to Christmas.

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The Joy of Small Things

Book Review: The Joy of Small Things by Hannah Jane Parkinson

November 7, 2021 Comments Off on Book Review: The Joy of Small Things by Hannah Jane Parkinson

Joy feels like it’s been in short supply these past 18 months. What with a global health crisis, food shortages, and the whole world literally and metaphorically being on fire, now more than ever we could all do with a big dose of happiness.

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Doc 'n Roll Film Festival, Manchester

Preview: Doc ‘n Roll Film Festival, Manchester

November 2, 2021 Comments Off on Preview: Doc ‘n Roll Film Festival, Manchester

For many of us, the past 18 months have made it crystal clear exactly how cherishable popular arts such as music and cinema can be, even if we’ve been experiencing them in isolation rather than with an audience.

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Sunday with Sides

Food Review: Sunday with Sides/Cauliflower Cheese Menu, Ducie Street Warehouse, Manchester

October 12, 2021 Comments Off on Food Review: Sunday with Sides/Cauliflower Cheese Menu, Ducie Street Warehouse, Manchester

I have eaten cauliflower for dinner for three nights in a row this week.

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“It has been life-changing.” NorthBound Book Award 2020 winner John D. Rutter talks to Northern Soul

July 28, 2021 Comments Off on “It has been life-changing.” NorthBound Book Award 2020 winner John D. Rutter talks to Northern Soul

The NorthBound Book Award is part of the Northern Writers’ Awards, a collaboration between New Writing Northindependent publisher Saraband and, from 2021 onwards, University of York. 

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Shocked Earth

Book Review: Shocked Earth by Saskia Goldschmidt, translated by Antoinette Fawcett

June 16, 2021 Comments Off on Book Review: Shocked Earth by Saskia Goldschmidt, translated by Antoinette Fawcett

The global outbreak of COVID-19 has affected every part of human lives, including the physical world. As we now navigate a post-pandemic era, it’s become even clearer that how we treat the natural world around us is paramount to its – and our own – survival.

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I Belong Here, Anita Sethi

Book Review: I Belong Here by Anita Sethi

May 2, 2021 Comments Off on Book Review: I Belong Here by Anita Sethi

In early summer 2019, Anita Sethi was sitting in a packed carriage on the TransPennine Express train from Liverpool to Newcastle when she was racially abused by a man who, among other abhorrent things, told her to “go back to where you are from”.

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This is How we come back stronger

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

April 20, 2021 Comments Off on Book Review: This Is How We Come Back Stronger – Feminist Writers on Turning Crisis into Change

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

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