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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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Why I’m happy being “self-partnered”

November 5, 2019 No Comments

Nothing piques interest, or sparks debate, more than a chat about relationships.

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Food Review: Franco Manca, Manchester

October 20, 2019 Comments Off on Food Review: Franco Manca, Manchester

Sourdough pizza is all the rage and I for one am not complaining.

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Kyle Soo, Pecha Kucha Manchester, People's History Museum, Manchester

“An opener to new worlds.” PechaKucha talks to Northern Soul

October 20, 2019 Comments Off on “An opener to new worlds.” PechaKucha talks to Northern Soul

Forget spiders and heights (although I’m fond of neither), my biggest fear is standing on stage in front of a beady-eyed audience.

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“The need for organisations to keep the flame burning has never been more vital.” 30 Years of Manchester Mind

October 16, 2019 Comments Off on “The need for organisations to keep the flame burning has never been more vital.” 30 Years of Manchester Mind

Anxiety is at an all-time high.

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Review: Jessica Andrews and Helen Mort, Manchester Literature Festival, International Anthony Burgess Foundation

October 13, 2019 Comments Off on Review: Jessica Andrews and Helen Mort, Manchester Literature Festival, International Anthony Burgess Foundation

When I was a creative writing student, I was encouraged to ‘write what you know’.

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“It’s the job of fiction to be truthful.” David Constantine in conversation at Blackwell’s, Manchester

September 27, 2019 Comments Off on “It’s the job of fiction to be truthful.” David Constantine in conversation at Blackwell’s, Manchester

Literary events are tricky.

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MACBETH by Shakespeare, , Writer - William Shakespeare, Director - Christopher Haydon, DESIGNER - Oli Townsend, LIGHTING DESIGNER - Colin Grenfell, The Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester, Manchester, 2019, Credit: Johan Persson/

Theatre Review: Macbeth, Royal Exchange, Manchester

September 19, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Macbeth, Royal Exchange, Manchester

I grew up in Shakespeare’s Country (Stratford-upon-Avon to be precise) so I should be used to The Bard going on a bit.

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9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL. Amber Davies 'Judy Burnly' (2). Photo Pamela Raith

Theatre Review: 9 to 5 The Musical, Palace Theatre, Manchester

September 18, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: 9 to 5 The Musical, Palace Theatre, Manchester

I am a Dolly Parton superfan.

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A Superior Spectre: Angela Meyer in conversation with Jane Bradley, Blackwell’s, Manchester

September 6, 2019 Comments Off on A Superior Spectre: Angela Meyer in conversation with Jane Bradley, Blackwell’s, Manchester

Historical fiction isn’t my cup of tea.

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The real climate change bullies – and why we should support Greta Thunberg

September 6, 2019 Comments Off on The real climate change bullies – and why we should support Greta Thunberg

Hypocrite is the latest buzzword.

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