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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.

BBC Music Introducing Manchester, Manchester International Festival, Festival Square

Review: BBC Music Introducing Manchester, Manchester International Festival

July 19, 2019 No Comments

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few weeks, you’ll be well aware that Manchester International Festival (MIF 2019) is in full swing.

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Actor Lisa Dwan Studio Créole at Manchester International Festival 2019 image credit Chris Payne 51155

“You can kid yourself that you can speak Icelandic or Japanese.” Adam Thirlwell on Studio Créole and the creolisation of languages

July 18, 2019 No Comments

When someone asks you the question ‘if you could pick a superpower, what would it be?’, do you opt for the ability to be fluent in every language?

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Corin Bell, Open Kitchen MCR

“Sustainability isn’t about going without.” Corin Bell, director of Open Kitchen MCR, talks to Northern Soul

June 9, 2019 Comments Off on “Sustainability isn’t about going without.” Corin Bell, director of Open Kitchen MCR, talks to Northern Soul

Whether it’s stuffing the freezer full of items we don’t need simply because they were a bargain, chucking things away based on the sell-by date or reaching for takeaway apps, we all make food choices that aren’t beneficial to the environment, our health, society and even our wallets.

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Danny Sargent - Environlution Festival 2019 -7

It’s festival season. At Manchester’s Envirolution, it’s plastic-free

June 8, 2019 Comments Off on It’s festival season. At Manchester’s Envirolution, it’s plastic-free

It’s no secret that us Brits love a good festival. Come rain or shine, we strap on our wellies, slap on the glitter and head for the fields to drink tepid cider, listen to loud music and generally have a bloody good time.

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After Grenfell Violence, Resistance and Response edited by Dan Bulley, Jenny Edkins and Nadine El-Enany

Book Review – After Grenfell: Violence, Resistance and Response, edited by Dan Bulley, Jenny Edkins and Nadine El-Enany

June 7, 2019 Comments Off on Book Review – After Grenfell: Violence, Resistance and Response, edited by Dan Bulley, Jenny Edkins and Nadine El-Enany

On June 14, 2017, a fire engulfed a tower block in West London. Seventy-two people lost their lives and hundreds of others were left injured, displaced and traumatised.

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Socially (un)acceptable, Laura Desmond

“I thought I was to blame for the assaults.” Producer and artist Laura Desmond talks post-#MeToo

May 31, 2019 Comments Off on “I thought I was to blame for the assaults.” Producer and artist Laura Desmond talks post-#MeToo

It’s almost two years since #MeToo catapulted into the Twittersphere.

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Holly and Martin, Rare Mags

“No-one is pretending to be something they’re not here.” Northern Soul talks to Stockport’s Rare Mags

May 26, 2019 Comments Off on “No-one is pretending to be something they’re not here.” Northern Soul talks to Stockport’s Rare Mags

I wasn’t exactly enthused about moving to Stockport.

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Animals Eat Each Other

Book Review: Animals Eat Each Other by Elle Nash

May 21, 2019 Comments Off on Book Review: Animals Eat Each Other by Elle Nash

This might sound weird but I love reading books where I spend time with objectionable fictional people.

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Tackling plastic waste with a shared sense of purpose: Rachel Lewis from Plastic Shed talks to Northern Soul

May 15, 2019 Comments Off on Tackling plastic waste with a shared sense of purpose: Rachel Lewis from Plastic Shed talks to Northern Soul

You can’t turn on the telly box or scroll through social media without seeing someone talking about the catastrophic impact that plastic waste is having on our environment. Given the statistics on the subject, it’s hardly surprising so much attention is being paid to it.

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Plastic

We need to talk about sustainability (and why I’m embracing the plastic-free movement)

May 4, 2019 Comments Off on We need to talk about sustainability (and why I’m embracing the plastic-free movement)

It’s been one of those weeks where I can feel myself getting annoyed.

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