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Will Dean (c) Rosalind Hobley

“I am an outsider.” Northern Soul talks to crime writer Will Dean about his debut Dark Pines

September 18, 2018 No Comments

Will Dean’s Dark Pines is one of this year’s hottest crime debuts, and with a back story that’s nearly as intriguing as the book itself.

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Northern Lights Writers Festival

Review: Northern Lights Writers’ Conference, Waterside, Sale

September 17, 2018 No Comments

“I’m just surprised they’re holding something like this here,” whispers one of my fellow conference-goers as we take our seats in the Robert Bolt Theatre for this year’s Northern Lights Writers’ Conference.

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We Were Strangers

Book Review: We Were Strangers – Stories Inspired by Unknown Pleasures edited by Richard V. Hirst

September 17, 2018 No Comments

Viewed decades later, the sleeve of Unknown Pleasures anticipates the after-effects of the vinyl it enfolds: its image the radiation signature of a star long dead, its transmissions still detectable by those with ears to hear.

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Reasons to Stay Alive, Matt Haig

The book that changed my life: Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig

September 6, 2018 Comments Off on The book that changed my life: Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig

When I first picked up Matt Haig’s Reasons to Stay Alive, I never anticipated how much it would change my life. Let me share the extract that made me realise that it’s OK not to be OK.

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And Other Stories

What became of the Year of Publishing Women? Stefan Tobler from And Other Stories talks to Northern Soul

September 1, 2018 Comments Off on What became of the Year of Publishing Women? Stefan Tobler from And Other Stories talks to Northern Soul

Back in 2015, The Guardian and The Bookseller published a talk by novelist Kamila Shamsie at Hay Festival where she suggested that a Year of Publishing Women would help to reset the gender imbalance for published authors.

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Hometown Tales Lancashire, Jenn Ashworth and Benjamin Webster

Book Review – Hometown Tales: Lancashire by Jenn Ashworth and Benjamin Webster

August 27, 2018 Comments Off on Book Review – Hometown Tales: Lancashire by Jenn Ashworth and Benjamin Webster

Like Dial-a-Disc or foil disposable ashtrays in takeaways, the cinema double bill has receded into the lint of a barely conceivable past yet to be reappropriated by the stylists of today’s lazy nostalgia.

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Naomi Kruger

“We have to find more hopeful ways to represent dementia.” Naomi Krüger talks to Northern Soul about her debut novel, May

August 27, 2018 Comments Off on “We have to find more hopeful ways to represent dementia.” Naomi Krüger talks to Northern Soul about her debut novel, May

Having lost two close family members to dementia, I am interested in portrayals of this dreadful illness in literature but have often been disappointed by its presentation.

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Empires of Clay by Becky Cherriman and All the Time in the World by Rebecca Gethin

Poetry: Empires of Clay by Becky Cherriman; All the Time in the World by Rebecca Gethin

August 23, 2018 Comments Off on Poetry: Empires of Clay by Becky Cherriman; All the Time in the World by Rebecca Gethin

You may not have heard of Cinnamon Press but it is one of those publishers quietly and diligently making a difference in the publishing world.

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Paul Neads, image courtesy of Flapjack Press

Flapjack Press’s Paul Neads talks poetry, performance and, erm, flapjacks with Henry Normal

August 11, 2018 Comments Off on Flapjack Press’s Paul Neads talks poetry, performance and, erm, flapjacks with Henry Normal

Henry Normal is a writer, poet, TV and film producer, well-known for his collaborations with Steve Coogan, Caroline Aherne and many others. Here he chats to Paul Neads, editor of Manchester-based Flapjack Press, a publishing firm specialising in poetry and poetry events. 

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Glen James Brown

“Fiction has to reflect the experiences of everybody.” Author Glen James Brown talks to Northern Soul

August 11, 2018 Comments Off on “Fiction has to reflect the experiences of everybody.” Author Glen James Brown talks to Northern Soul

There must be something in the air because Northern writers are churning out fascinating fiction at a rate of knots.

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