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“Your worst enemy in this game is indifference.” John Cooper Clarke talks about his autobiography, I Wanna Be Yours

October 19, 2020 No Comments

When Northern Soul speaks to John Cooper Clarke about his new autobiography and sings its praises to the skies, he’s right in the middle of recording the audiobook version and seems to appreciate the plaudits.

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Mayflies Over Manchester: Andrew O’Hagan writes for Northern Soul

October 3, 2020 Comments Off on Mayflies Over Manchester: Andrew O’Hagan writes for Northern Soul

‘There are children playing in the street.’ That is the first stage direction for the first scene of a new television serial aired on December 9, 1960, Coronation Street.

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Challenge Everything

Book Review: Challenge Everything – An Extinction Rebellion Guide to Saving the Planet by Blue Sandford

September 19, 2020 Comments Off on Book Review: Challenge Everything – An Extinction Rebellion Guide to Saving the Planet by Blue Sandford

Extinction Rebellion gets a lot of bad press.

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What would Darwin think of Zoom? Henry Normal writes for Northern Soul

September 19, 2020 Comments Off on What would Darwin think of Zoom? Henry Normal writes for Northern Soul

It’s a strange sight to see rows of people in their own homes clapping and laughing silently as you perform on Zoom or Facebook. ‘Mute Seals’ is one of the less attractive descriptions of the phenomena I recently heard.

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The People's Republic of Mancunia

The People’s Republic of Mancunia

September 19, 2020 Comments Off on The People’s Republic of Mancunia

What springs to mind when you think of Manchester? Do you walk the city and wish you could put what you’re experiencing into words?

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Trivial Pursuits: The English at Play by Orlando Gili is published by Hoxton Mini Press

Book Review: Trivial Pursuits – The English at Play by Orlando Gili

September 15, 2020 Comments Off on Book Review: Trivial Pursuits – The English at Play by Orlando Gili

Life may not be all that harmonious at the moment, but what binds us together is our unique eccentricity. Nowhere is this better demonstrated than when we’re at leisure with all of our strange customs. 

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Holly Watt

“Writing was definitely my first love.” Crime author Holly Watt talks to Northern Soul

September 5, 2020 Comments Off on “Writing was definitely my first love.” Crime author Holly Watt talks to Northern Soul

One of the great things about the annual Harrogate Crime Writing Festival, at least until 2020’s forced hiatus, has always been the way authors and fans mix so freely, not least in the hotel bar. But Holly Watt’s first experience of it last year, when she was on Val McDermid’s vaunted New Blood panel on the strength of her award-winning debut novel To The Lions, wasn’t exactly like that.

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“Write. Keep writing.” Dinesh Allirajah Prize 2020 winner JE Rowney talks to Northern Soul

September 5, 2020 Comments Off on “Write. Keep writing.” Dinesh Allirajah Prize 2020 winner JE Rowney talks to Northern Soul
We’re delighted to announce that Northern Soul has teamed up with Comma Press and the University of Central Lancashire as Media Partner for the fourth annual Dinesh Allirajah Prize for Short Fiction.
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Why bring out a poetry book during a pandemic? Henry Normal writes for Northern Soul

September 2, 2020 Comments Off on Why bring out a poetry book during a pandemic? Henry Normal writes for Northern Soul

Most commercial endeavours seem to be waiting for lockdown to be eased further before launching anything new.

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The Dinesh Allirajah Prize for Short Fiction 2021

August 26, 2020 Comments Off on The Dinesh Allirajah Prize for Short Fiction 2021
We’re delighted to announce that Northern Soul is the Media Partner for the fourth annual Dinesh Allirajah Prize for Short Fiction. This is our third year as partner for the prestigious prize, run by Comma Press and the University of Central Lancashire. 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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