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Eimear McBride

Review: Eimear McBride, Martin Harris Centre, Manchester

February 27, 2020 No Comments

The novels of Eimear McBride, you might say, begin where she once was – enduring the loss of a brother to a brain tumour, studying drama in London.

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Melting Point by Baret Magarian

Book Review: Melting Point by Baret Magarian

February 20, 2020 No Comments

In the normal course of things, the brevity of the short story can ensure that even the most elegant of constructions, the most cathartic of conclusions, can fade from the memory.

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“It’s important to talk about northern voices.” Portico Prize-winning author Jessica Andrews on class, gender and the north

February 17, 2020 No Comments

I’ve long been fascinated with The Portico Library, which sits above the mildly rowdy Old Bank pub on Manchester’s Mosley Street.

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Book Review: The Book of Sheffield

February 10, 2020 Comments Off on Book Review: The Book of Sheffield

Twenty-five years ago, Sheffield was mine.

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The Quarry

Book Review: The Quarry by Ben Halls

February 7, 2020 Comments Off on Book Review: The Quarry by Ben Halls

Toxic masculinity has become a bit of a buzzword in recent months.

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Anne Brontë Reimagined by Adelle Hay

Book Review: Anne Brontë Reimagined by Adelle Hay

January 29, 2020 Comments Off on Book Review: Anne Brontë Reimagined by Adelle Hay

It’s no secret that I spent my younger years with my head buried in novels by the Brontë sisters.

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The spirit of the north: actress Holliday Grainger talks to Northern Soul

January 18, 2020 Comments Off on The spirit of the north: actress Holliday Grainger talks to Northern Soul

It’s not all about the glamour when you’re a famous actress, as I find out when I chat to Holliday Grainger. “I was in Mauritius yesterday and now I’m in Blackburn,” she tells me.

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“Our biggest enemy is apathy.” Northern Soul talks to environmentalist Angus Forbes

January 15, 2020 Comments Off on “Our biggest enemy is apathy.” Northern Soul talks to environmentalist Angus Forbes

As I write this, Australia is on fire while the South of England struggles with another bout of severe flooding.

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Henry Normal

Poetry: Henry Normal writes about Manchester

January 12, 2020 Comments Off on Poetry: Henry Normal writes about Manchester

Henry Normal, co-writer of award-winning TV and film shows such as The Royle Family, The Mrs Merton Show, The Parole Officer, Coogan’s Run, Paul Calf, and producer of Gavin and Stacey, Moone Boy, Uncle and Alan Partridge, among many others, has shared some more of his brilliant poems exclusively with Northern Soul.

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Resist: Stories of Uprising

Book Review: Resist – Stories of Uprising

January 6, 2020 Comments Off on Book Review: Resist – Stories of Uprising

At the time of writing, we’re five days into a new decade and our Prime Minister seems to be missing, we’re teetering on the edge of war and part of the world is literally on fire.

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