“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.Read the full story..
“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.Read the full story..
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.Read the full story..
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).Read the full story..
Are you reading more than usual during lockdown? Are you consuming books at a rate of knots?Read the full story..
If there’s one thing the pandemic has brought home, it’s the importance of the uncelebrated.Read the full story..
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.Read the full story..
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.Read the full story..
Withernsea is a small resort town in Holderness, a region that stretches for 61 kilometres of the East Yorkshire coast.Read the full story..
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