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Mick Houghton

“Probably the person who comes out of it looking most like a twat is me.” Mick Houghton talks to Northern Soul

July 4, 2019 No Comments

It’s any modern music fan’s dream: hanging out with The Ramones, Echo and the Bunnymen, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Julian Cope, Spiritualized and The KLF during their glory days.

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“I was writing, somehow I was writing.” Northern Soul’s Lyndsey Skinner on winning the Sid Chaplin award

July 4, 2019 No Comments

On the wall above my desk is a quote from Virginia Woolf.

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The Disappeared

Book Review: The Disappeared by Amy Lord

June 8, 2019 Comments Off on Book Review: The Disappeared by Amy Lord

As the dominoes continue their haphazard topple in the wake of the EU Referendum, as a blowhard struts vaingloriously in the Oval Office, and as right-wing populism slithers out of its bunker and back into the daylight, it’s difficult to discount the disquieting suspicion that these are dystopian times.

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A tribute to Judith Kerr

May 26, 2019 Comments Off on A tribute to Judith Kerr

Never meet your heroes, they say. Blow that, I thought.

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Animals Eat Each Other

Book Review: Animals Eat Each Other by Elle Nash

May 21, 2019 Comments Off on Book Review: Animals Eat Each Other by Elle Nash

This might sound weird but I love reading books where I spend time with objectionable fictional people.

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Toria Garbutt

Review: Poetry and Supper with Toria Garbutt and Mary-Ellen McTague, The Creameries, Chorlton

May 9, 2019 Comments Off on Review: Poetry and Supper with Toria Garbutt and Mary-Ellen McTague, The Creameries, Chorlton

When The Creameries opened in Chorlton last year, it set out its stall as being not only a place to eat (and a mighty fine one at that) but also a venue for all kinds of events. And so it has proved.

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Seaside Special Postcards From The Edge

Book Review – Seaside Special: Postcards from The Edge, edited by Jenn Ashworth

May 9, 2019 Comments Off on Book Review – Seaside Special: Postcards from The Edge, edited by Jenn Ashworth

Last night my wife couldn’t sleep so I read her a story. Then I had to read her another one because the first one wasn’t conducive to restful dreams.

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Matt Thomas 

Truffle by Matt Thomas: Winner of the Dinesh Allirajah Prize for Short Fiction 2019

May 9, 2019 Comments Off on Truffle by Matt Thomas: Winner of the Dinesh Allirajah Prize for Short Fiction 2019

Northern Soul is thrilled to have been the media partner for Comma Press’s Dinesh Allirajah Prize for Short Fiction 2019. Comma’s commitment to the short story and its place in today’s literary narrative is second to none, as is its work to blur cultural and social boundaries. We’re incredibly excited to announce – and publish – the winner: Truffle by Matt Thomas.

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Don't Hold My Head Down

Book Review: Don’t Hold My Head Down by Lucy-Anne Holmes

May 4, 2019 Comments Off on Book Review: Don’t Hold My Head Down by Lucy-Anne Holmes

Sex sells. But if you expect Don’t Hold My Head Down to be a titillating read full of soft-core anecdotes, then you’ll be (somewhat) disappointed.

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Paul Mason

“Progress will win.” Journalist and author Paul Mason talks to Northern Soul

April 29, 2019 Comments Off on “Progress will win.” Journalist and author Paul Mason talks to Northern Soul

Paul Mason’s latest book, Clear Bright Future: A Radical Defence of the Human Being, comes in at 300 pages followed by 20 pages of notes then a delicious 36-page index (Marx and Marxism fills a page).

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