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Book launch (digital): You Never Told Me by Sarah Jasmon

March 24, 2020 No Comments

Social media gets a bad rap.

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Book review: Weather by Jenny Offill

March 20, 2020 Comments Off on Book review: Weather by Jenny Offill

We’re living in uncertain times.

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The Anatomical Venus

Poetry Review: The Anatomical Venus by Helen Ivory

March 7, 2020 Comments Off on Poetry Review: The Anatomical Venus by Helen Ivory

In The Anatomical Venus, Helen Ivory investigates how women have been treated and portrayed throughout history, from witches and parlour maids to the murdered and mutilated on our TV and cinema screens.

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Book Review: The Silence of Dogs in Cars by Martin Usborne

March 7, 2020 Comments Off on Book Review: The Silence of Dogs in Cars by Martin Usborne

I am a dog fanatic.

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Feathertide by Beth Cartwright

Book Review: Feathertide by Beth Cartwright

March 5, 2020 Comments Off on Book Review: Feathertide by Beth Cartwright

The outside world is starting to feel increasingly like the beginning of a dystopian movie, what with the threat of a Coronavirus epidemic causing people to panic buy loo roll and don plastic boxes and carrier bags as makeshift hazmat masks.

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Eimear McBride

Review: Eimear McBride, Martin Harris Centre, Manchester

February 27, 2020 Comments Off on Review: Eimear McBride, Martin Harris Centre, Manchester

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 Comments Off on Book Review: Melting Point by Baret Magarian

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

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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