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.
I love a good holiday. I feel happiest with the sun on my skin, a strong cocktail in hand, and the prospect of a trek around a European city. So, with COVID-19 scuppering any chances of jetting abroad for a break (a holiday to Cyprus I’d booked for June was cancelled and, personally, I don’t feel comfortable heading off to another country while Greater Manchester is in the grips of a local lockdown), it looked like Costa del Patio was the only destination where I’d be soaking up the rays.Read the full story..
“We know the North isn’t one place, it’s not just one voice.” Northern Soul talks to HarperNorth’s Publishing Director, Genevieve Pegg
The North-South divide has long been a contentious issue but recent events seem to have accentuated the gap.Read the full story..
“It helps you explore what it is to be human.” Becky Swain, Director of the new Manchester Poetry Library, talks to Northern Soul
When you think about a traditional library, what comes to mind? Books from floor to ceiling? Maybe a frosty librarian and a lot of dramatic shushing? Growing up I adored the library, but years spent at university, pouring over textbooks and watching the person sitting next to me sneakily wolf a smelly tuna sandwich, dampened my library-loving spirit. It’s only in recent years that I’ve rekindled the flame.Read the full story..
During these strange and uncertain times, we’re all in need of a pick-me-up. And what better than something to feed the body as well as the soul?Read the full story..
Sustainability is the latest buzzword. From organic skincare and ‘conscious’ fashion collections to bamboo toothbrushes, it seems everyone and their dog is advocating for a more eco-friendly lifestyle. But it can be difficult to know what’s useful and what’s simply greenwashing (providing misleading information about how a company’s products are environmentally sound).Read the full story..
Are you reading more than usual during lockdown? Are you consuming books at a rate of knots?Read the full story..
We’ve all done it.Read the full story..
“I am not the same girl who started this book.” Actress Natasha Rea talks about Me, Myself and Bipolar Brenda
We’re living in uncertain times. Our lives are hugely altered, we’re existing in isolation, unsure about the future and our collective unease is palatable.Read the full story..
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