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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.

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Northern Soul is still doing RED January 2019

January 17, 2019 No Comments

It’s January. The weather is rubbish, the piggy bank is empty and we’re all feeling a little bit sluggish. It can also be the time of year where our mental health needs some TLC. Northern Soul’s Emma Yates-Badley has registered for RED January 2019, a community initiative that encourages people to support their mental health by doing something active every single day. Emma will be writing about her experience in a weekly blog. In partnership with independent mental health charity, Mind, RED January can provide a focus in a characteristically tough month, empowering you to start the year as you mean to go on. 

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“My mental health is at its best when I’m active.” Northern Soul does RED January

January 10, 2019 No Comments

It’s January. The weather is rubbish, the piggy bank is empty and we’re all feeling a little bit sluggish. It can also be the time of year where our mental health needs some TLC. Northern Soul’s Emma Yates-Badley has registered for RED January 2019, a community initiative that encourages people to support their mental health by doing something active every single day. Emma will be writing about her experience in a weekly blog. In partnership with independent mental health charity, Mind, RED January can provide a focus in a characteristically tough month, empowering you to start the year as you mean to go on. 

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I’m sick to the back teeth of women having to carry the blame for violence inflicted by men

December 15, 2018 Comments Off on I’m sick to the back teeth of women having to carry the blame for violence inflicted by men

Tabloid journalism is a joke. But it’s not a funny one, no-one’s laughing and it keeps getting worse.

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Slip of a Fish, Amy Arnold

Book Review: Slip of a Fish by Amy Arnold

October 27, 2018 Comments Off on Book Review: Slip of a Fish by Amy Arnold

Have you ever read a book that left you astounded?

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Enigma Variations, Andre Aciman

Review: Andre Aciman, Manchester Literature Festival

October 26, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Andre Aciman, Manchester Literature Festival

I read chapters from Olivia Laing’s The Lonely City in the bath.

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24 Stories, Unbound

Review: 24 Stories featuring Kathy Burke, Mike Gayle, John Mitchinson, Nina Stibbe, Manchester Literature Festival

October 19, 2018 Comments Off on Review: 24 Stories featuring Kathy Burke, Mike Gayle, John Mitchinson, Nina Stibbe, Manchester Literature Festival

Social media gets a bad rap.

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Review: Carys Davies and Sarah Moss, Manchester Literature Festival

October 19, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Carys Davies and Sarah Moss, Manchester Literature Festival

From ITV big gob (and all-round cockwomble), Piers Morgan has suggested that papoose-wearing fathers look ’emasculated’. 

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The Beauty of Broken Things by Catherine North

Book Review: The Beauty of Broken Things by Catherine North

October 17, 2018 Comments Off on Book Review: The Beauty of Broken Things by Catherine North

I’m increasingly drawn to stories set in the places I know well.

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Lush Showcase

‘“Smell me!” said one extremely excitable girl.’ The Lush UK Showcase 2018

October 6, 2018 Comments Off on ‘“Smell me!” said one extremely excitable girl.’ The Lush UK Showcase 2018

What springs to mind when you think of cosmetics brand Lush? Glittery bath bombs?

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“Manchester is good at spotting an opportunity and going for it.” John McGrath from Manchester International Festival talks to Northern Soul

October 5, 2018 Comments Off on “Manchester is good at spotting an opportunity and going for it.” John McGrath from Manchester International Festival talks to Northern Soul

Last year was a harrowing time for Manchester.

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