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What Motherhood Means

April 12, 2014 Comments Off on What Motherhood Means

Below is a poem I wrote in 2010. It is the title poem of my first collection, a pamphlet called Nan Hardwicke Turns into a Hare.

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Zoe Trope: A Workshop Performance

April 8, 2014 Comments Off on Zoe Trope: A Workshop Performance

Like Benjamin Britten’s Peter Grimes, Zoe Trope begins in court.

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John Thomson

Is this John Thomson? Oh yes it is!

April 8, 2014 Comments Off on Is this John Thomson? Oh yes it is!

A successful TV show following the lives of six people broadcast its final episode a decade ago.

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Ladies’ Day: an excuse for the press to trot out Northern stereotypes?

April 4, 2014 Comments Off on Ladies’ Day: an excuse for the press to trot out Northern stereotypes?

It is a day when women from Merseyside are encouraged to dress in their finest clothes and enjoy a day at the races. It’s Ladies’ Day.

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Have you heard of Timperley?

April 3, 2014 Comments Off on Have you heard of Timperley?

Leicester, Autumn 1991. This writer was a first year student living in a university hall of residence.

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Bury Art Gallery: bold, beautiful and brilliant

March 29, 2014 Comments Off on Bury Art Gallery: bold, beautiful and brilliant

There is a painting hanging in Bury Art Museum which, once seen, is never forgotten.

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The Prison of Art: the Dutch, the Nazis and the Monuments Men

March 23, 2014 Comments Off on The Prison of Art: the Dutch, the Nazis and the Monuments Men

This is a story about art and how it was that two very different governments – the totalitarian Nazis and the liberal post war Dutch – came to imprison it, and for very different reasons.

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Chef Tony Cooks a Classic Lamb Hotpot

March 23, 2014 Comments Off on Chef Tony Cooks a Classic Lamb Hotpot

CHEF TONY SAYS: This is a classic lamb hotpot done the traditional way.

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The Once

Strength, stoicism and sea fret: The Once talk to Northern Soul

March 18, 2014 Comments Off on Strength, stoicism and sea fret: The Once talk to Northern Soul

Today I came across an extraordinary song written by a musician from Newfoundland called Wince Coles.

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On Becoming a Poet

March 15, 2014 Comments Off on On Becoming a Poet

The first contemporary poet I read was Jackie Kay.

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