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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.

Animals Eat Each Other

Book Review: Animals Eat Each Other by Elle Nash

May 21, 2019 No Comments

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 No Comments

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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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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Water Shall Refuse Them

Book Review: Water Shall Refuse Them by Lucie McKnight Hardy

April 17, 2019 Comments Off on Book Review: Water Shall Refuse Them by Lucie McKnight Hardy
I’m a wimp. As the first to dive behind a cushion when a scary bit comes on the telly (I’ve been an embarrassment to my family ever since the Jurassic Park incident of 1993), I point-blank refuse to watch anything that can be filed under ‘horror’. But, strangely, I love me a spooky read. From Daphne du Maurier’s Don’t Look Now and Shirley Jackson’s We Have Always Lived in the Castle to Han Kang’s The Vegetarian and Jenn Ashworth’s Cold Light, I’m drawn to frightening tales penned by women and often with female characters at their core.
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Longborough Festival Opera is a 500-seat theatre set in the scenic Cotswolds. The 2019 Festival runs from June 5 to Aug 3, and includes Wagner's Das Rheingold, Donizetti's Anna Bolena and Mozart's Don Giovanni. We're delighted to be handling the ad sales for this event. @lfotweet

Manchester’s markets: “Finding out about the heritage of places helps people to strengthen their connections to where they live.”

April 14, 2019 Comments Off on Manchester’s markets: “Finding out about the heritage of places helps people to strengthen their connections to where they live.”

In the past, daily and weekly markets were routinely held in towns and villages up and down the country. Fast forward to 2019 and it’s a different picture.

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“We haven’t met a single woman who didn’t want to have a go with the bolt cutters.” Northern Soul chats to Idle Women

March 23, 2019 Comments Off on “We haven’t met a single woman who didn’t want to have a go with the bolt cutters.” Northern Soul chats to Idle Women

I am a DIY avoider. The mere mention of an IKEA flat pack kit and I break into a cold sweat.

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Theatre Review – Your Sexts Are Shit: Older Better Letters, Royal Exchange, Manchester

March 20, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review – Your Sexts Are Shit: Older Better Letters, Royal Exchange, Manchester

When I heard about writer and performer Rachel Mars’ one woman show, Your Sexts Are Shit: Older and Better Letters, I was expecting an hour of laughs and covering my mouth in mock horror. I wasn’t expecting to feel moved.

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Scranchester Tours

It’s great scran: Northern Soul eats the city on a Scranchester Tour

March 13, 2019 Comments Off on It’s great scran: Northern Soul eats the city on a Scranchester Tour

Getting Housemate out of bed on a Saturday morning is often an impossible task. But she’s up bright and early (well, she’s on time) to Eat the City with Manchester-based Scranchester Tours.

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The Sisterhood

Book Review: The Sisterhood – A Love Letter to the Women Who Have Shaped Me by Daisy Buchanan

March 4, 2019 Comments Off on Book Review: The Sisterhood – A Love Letter to the Women Who Have Shaped Me by Daisy Buchanan

I don’t have sisters. I’m the youngest of two children and, much to my dismay (and eternal torture), the only girl in my family.

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Julie Hesmondhalgh: A Working Diary

Book Review: Julie Hesmondhalgh – A Working Diary

February 24, 2019 Comments Off on Book Review: Julie Hesmondhalgh – A Working Diary

Have you ever read a book and thought, ‘wow, this came at exactly the right time?’

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