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Wendy Pratt is a Yorkshire-based published poet. She is Northern Soul’s Poetry Correspondent.

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The Northern Soul Christmas Poem

December 19, 2018 Comments Off on The Northern Soul Christmas Poem

Oh my, it’s nearly Christmas.

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Where the Road Runs Out, Gaia Holmes

Poetry Review: Where the Road Runs Out by Gaia Holmes

December 13, 2018 Comments Off on Poetry Review: Where the Road Runs Out by Gaia Holmes

Gaia Holmes is an expert in her field, and this is obvious in her skilled, careful and beautifully strange poetry collection.

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The Northern Soul Poem: What I Mean When I Say I’m a Northerner

November 17, 2018 Comments Off on The Northern Soul Poem: What I Mean When I Say I’m a Northerner

Northernness isn’t easy to define. It’s intrinsic, bone-deep.

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Nothing is Meant to be Broken by Mark Connors and Northern Lights by Harry Gallagher

Poetry Review: Nothing is Meant to be Broken by Mark Connors; Northern Lights by Harry Gallagher

October 27, 2018 Comments Off on Poetry Review: Nothing is Meant to be Broken by Mark Connors; Northern Lights by Harry Gallagher

If you’ve ever been to the city of York, you’ll no doubt have fallen in love with it, if not with the hen and stag nights.

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Why are we so keen to diagnose Emily Brontë?

August 27, 2018 Comments Off on Why are we so keen to diagnose Emily Brontë?

2018 marks 200 years since Emily Jane Brontë was born in Thornton near Bradford.

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Review: Love, Loss and Chianti, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

May 23, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Love, Loss and Chianti, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

If anyone was going to bring the sharp, erudite poetry of Christopher Reid to life in a stage adaptation of The Scattering and The Song of Lunch, it would be Robert Bathurst. He revels in the opportunity to extract the precise, elegant language of Reid’s work, and rolls it over his own tongue like butter off a silver spoon.

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Poet Lemn Sissay talks to Northern Soul

July 25, 2016 Comments Off on Poet Lemn Sissay talks to Northern Soul

‘We have to shout poetry from the rooftops, revolution is in poetry.’

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The Weight of Snow

December 16, 2015 Comments Off on The Weight of Snow
It’s nearly Christmas….and to celebrate Northern Soul‘s Poetry Correspondent Wendy Pratt has written a beautiful poem in response to our North Yorkshire Photographer’s Winter Walk image, taken between Stokesley and Great Ayton, North Yorks. Many thanks to Wendy and Paul Hunter for such lovely words and pictures.
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Lyricism and Lyrics: Sylvia Plath and Kathryn Williams

October 15, 2015 Comments Off on Lyricism and Lyrics: Sylvia Plath and Kathryn Williams

Northern Soul’s Poetry Correspondent, Wendy Pratt, talks to singer/songwriter Kathryn Williams about Hypoxia, an album written to mark the 50th anniversary of Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar. Williams will be performing at the Manchester Literature Festival this weekend. 

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Reforging the Sampo: a defibrillator for poetry

October 12, 2015 Comments Off on Reforging the Sampo: a defibrillator for poetry

I get about a bit as a poet, travelling across the country to tiny venues in the back rooms of pubs where an audience of three or four are there for the open mic night and have never heard of me, let alone read my poetry.

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