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The Dinesh Allirajah Prize for Short Fiction 2022

July 21, 2021 No Comments

We’re delighted to announce that Northern Soul is the Media Partner for the fifth annual Dinesh Allirajah Prize for Short Fiction. This is our fourth 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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Diana Dors

“I just wish I could have gone for a drink with her.” Anna Cale, The Real Diana Dors

July 21, 2021 Comments Off on “I just wish I could have gone for a drink with her.” Anna Cale, The Real Diana Dors

There was a time, as Peter Cook once joked, When Diana Dors Ruled the Earth.

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Henry Normal

Poetry Review: The Distance Between Clouds by Henry Normal

July 12, 2021 No Comments

Henry Normal might just be the most famous person you have never heard of.

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Baxters and Fish & Chip shop, Moston Lane, Moston

Image Gallery: Small Shops by Brian Lomas, The Modernist Society

July 2, 2021 Comments Off on Image Gallery: Small Shops by Brian Lomas, The Modernist Society

Manchester’s urban history is being celebrated with a new book featuring images of local independent shops in the 1980s, which already look like a bygone age.

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Elly Griffiths

“We need books more than ever.” Award-winning crime author Elly Griffiths talks to Northern Soul

June 29, 2021 Comments Off on “We need books more than ever.” Award-winning crime author Elly Griffiths talks to Northern Soul

There’s a new champion in town and it’s the bestselling crime author, Elly Griffiths.

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Shocked Earth

Book Review: Shocked Earth by Saskia Goldschmidt, translated by Antoinette Fawcett

June 16, 2021 Comments Off on Book Review: Shocked Earth by Saskia Goldschmidt, translated by Antoinette Fawcett

The global outbreak of COVID-19 has affected every part of human lives, including the physical world. As we now navigate a post-pandemic era, it’s become even clearer that how we treat the natural world around us is paramount to its – and our own – survival.

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Isha Karki

And After the Fire, Ash by Isha Karki: Winner of the Dinesh Allirajah Prize for Short Fiction 2021

June 10, 2021 Comments Off on And After the Fire, Ash by Isha Karki: Winner of the Dinesh Allirajah Prize for Short Fiction 2021

Northern Soul is thrilled to have been the media partner for the Dinesh Allirajah Prize for Short Fiction 2021. The prize, which is now in its fourth year, was created by Comma Press  and the University of Central Lancashire  as an opportunity to showcase exciting new literary talent from across the UK, imposing no restrictions on entry such as a fee or a first publication.

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Jason Wood Photo Credit: Rebecca Lupton

“People don’t want to hear me, they want to hear the filmmaker.” Jason Wood talks about The Faber Book of Mexican Cinema

June 10, 2021 Comments Off on “People don’t want to hear me, they want to hear the filmmaker.” Jason Wood talks about The Faber Book of Mexican Cinema

Back in the early 2000s, Mexican cinema was riding a wave with films such as Amores Perros and Y tu mamá también impressing audiences and critics alike.

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Graham Duff by Xavier Itter

“It was an absolute buzz.” Graham Duff talks about collaborating with Mark E Smith on horror script The Otherwise

June 8, 2021 Comments Off on “It was an absolute buzz.” Graham Duff talks about collaborating with Mark E Smith on horror script The Otherwise

“Course it is, where do you think I get this golden glow from, Ready Brek?”.

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A Stinging Delight

Book Review: A Stinging Delight – A Memoir by David Storey

June 6, 2021 Comments Off on Book Review: A Stinging Delight – A Memoir by David Storey

Throughout his memoir, A Stinging Delight, David Storey wrangles with a sense of loss that was hardwired into him before he was born.

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