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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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Theatre Review: Matilda – The Musical, Palace Theatre, Manchester

September 21, 2018 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Matilda – The Musical, Palace Theatre, Manchester

Eight years ago, I snagged tickets to Matilda: The Musical at Stratford-upon-Avon’s Courtyard Theatre.

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Northern Lights Writers Festival

Review: Northern Lights Writers’ Conference, Waterside, Sale

September 17, 2018 No Comments

“I’m just surprised they’re holding something like this here,” whispers one of my fellow conference-goers as we take our seats in the Robert Bolt Theatre for this year’s Northern Lights Writers’ Conference.

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And Other Stories

What became of the Year of Publishing Women? Stefan Tobler from And Other Stories talks to Northern Soul

September 1, 2018 Comments Off on What became of the Year of Publishing Women? Stefan Tobler from And Other Stories talks to Northern Soul

Back in 2015, The Guardian and The Bookseller published a talk by novelist Kamila Shamsie at Hay Festival where she suggested that a Year of Publishing Women would help to reset the gender imbalance for published authors.

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Love online: are dating apps ruining romance?

August 27, 2018 Comments Off on Love online: are dating apps ruining romance?

My relationship with dating apps is complicated.

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Glen James Brown

“Fiction has to reflect the experiences of everybody.” Author Glen James Brown talks to Northern Soul

August 11, 2018 Comments Off on “Fiction has to reflect the experiences of everybody.” Author Glen James Brown talks to Northern Soul

There must be something in the air because Northern writers are churning out fascinating fiction at a rate of knots.

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“Go peddle your bad advice and fat-shaming elsewhere.” Northern Soul takes on the diet industry

August 9, 2018 Comments Off on “Go peddle your bad advice and fat-shaming elsewhere.” Northern Soul takes on the diet industry

I’ve just carried out a social media cull.

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Non Pratt

“I write for my 14-year-old self and I think I always will.” YA author Non Pratt talks to Northern Soul

July 24, 2018 Comments Off on “I write for my 14-year-old self and I think I always will.” YA author Non Pratt talks to Northern Soul

Something about Non Pratt’s writing reels me in. She’s hilarious, yes, but it’s her ability to completely understand the teens she writes about that really interests me. 

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Notes on a Nervous Planet, Matt Haig

Book Review: Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig

July 4, 2018 Comments Off on Book Review: Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig

I have the propensity to be anxious about most things – electrical goods, being late, saying no, upsetting people, gas hobs, plug sockets, disease, forgetting things – so a book titled Notes on a Nervous Planet calls to me like a gin & tonic on a hot day. 

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Theatre Review: Queens of the Coal Age, Royal Exchange, Manchester

July 4, 2018 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Queens of the Coal Age, Royal Exchange, Manchester

I have a confession.

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Can we learn valuable lessons in love from ITV’s Love Island? (No, I’m not kidding)

June 25, 2018 Comments Off on Can we learn valuable lessons in love from ITV’s Love Island? (No, I’m not kidding)

Ah, Love Island.

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