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The new Arts and Humanities Building at Manchester Metropolitan University on Oxford Road—home of Manchester Poetry Library.

“It helps you explore what it is to be human.” Becky Swain, Director of the new Manchester Poetry Library, talks to Northern Soul

July 24, 2020 Comments Off on “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.

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Portrait of Humanity Vol 2

Book Review: Portrait of Humanity Vol 2

July 24, 2020 Comments Off on Book Review: Portrait of Humanity Vol 2

I am mildly obsessed with the photography collections from Hoxton Mini Press.

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Gaynor Jones

“Stay true to the kind of work you want to produce.” Author Gaynor Jones reflects on what it means to be a Northern writer

July 10, 2020 Comments Off on “Stay true to the kind of work you want to produce.” Author Gaynor Jones reflects on what it means to be a Northern writer

Gaynor Jones, winner of Northern Soul Writer of the Year 2018, looks back on a year that was full of surprises.

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Poetry Review: Threat by Julia Webb

July 10, 2020 Comments Off on Poetry Review: Threat by Julia Webb

There’s an awful lot to admire in Threat, a poetry collection by Julia Webb which carefully guides the reader on a roller coaster ride through dysfunctional families, love, loss and domestic violence.

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How on Earth Can I Be Eco-Friendly? By Lianne Bell

Book Review: How on Earth Can I Be Eco-Friendly? by Lianne Bell

July 2, 2020 Comments Off on Book Review: How on Earth Can I Be Eco-Friendly? by Lianne Bell

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). 

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Comma Press

Are independent publishers surviving? We talk to Northern presses

June 8, 2020 Comments Off on Are independent publishers surviving? We talk to Northern presses

Are you reading more than usual during lockdown? Are you consuming books at a rate of knots?

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Common People: Breaking the Class Ceiling in UK Publishing

June 3, 2020 Comments Off on Common People: Breaking the Class Ceiling in UK Publishing

If there’s one thing the pandemic has brought home, it’s the importance of the uncelebrated.

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Protect and Serve by JE Rowney: Winner of the Dinesh Allirajah Prize for Short Fiction 2020

May 29, 2020 Comments Off on Protect and Serve by JE Rowney: Winner of the Dinesh Allirajah Prize for Short Fiction 2020

Northern Soul is thrilled to have been the media partner for Comma Press’s third annual Dinesh Allirajah Prize for Short Fiction. 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.

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Couples by Michael Stewart

Poetry Review: Couples by Michael Stewart

May 26, 2020 Comments Off on Poetry Review: Couples by Michael Stewart

Originally published by Valley Press on Valentine’s Day in 2013, Couples, by acclaimed poet and novelist Michael Stewart, has been given a 2020 makeover with 12 new poems and a re-working of the original pieces.

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Withernsea

Withernsea: a town where people have embraced precariousness as a way of life

May 20, 2020 Comments Off on Withernsea: a town where people have embraced precariousness as a way of life

Withernsea is a small resort town in Holderness, a region that stretches for 61 kilometres of the East Yorkshire coast.

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