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Review: Kate Atkinson, Manchester Literature Festival

October 28, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Kate Atkinson, Manchester Literature Festival

I’m a binge-reader. I used to be someone who hovered over books slowly, drinking them in, pondering, possibly having a really good sniff of the spine.

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Review: Jo Brand, Manchester Literature Festival

October 27, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Jo Brand, Manchester Literature Festival

As a student in the early 90s, I spent three summers working in the Edinburgh Fringe box office.

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Lubecki Family: Monika, Agata and Wieslaw in their home of 4 years in Edinburgh

Invisible Britain: Portraits of Hope and Resilience

October 27, 2018 Comments Off on Invisible Britain: Portraits of Hope and Resilience

Invisible Britain: Portraits of Hope and Resilience is a book of stories that are rarely heard.

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Nothing is Meant to be Broken by Mark Connors and Northern Lights by Harry Gallagher

Poetry Review: Nothing is Meant to be Broken by Mark Connors; Northern Lights by Harry Gallagher

October 27, 2018 Comments Off on Poetry Review: Nothing is Meant to be Broken by Mark Connors; Northern Lights by Harry Gallagher

If you’ve ever been to the city of York, you’ll no doubt have fallen in love with it, if not with the hen and stag nights.

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Slip of a Fish, Amy Arnold

Book Review: Slip of a Fish by Amy Arnold

October 27, 2018 Comments Off on Book Review: Slip of a Fish by Amy Arnold

Have you ever read a book that left you astounded?

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Enigma Variations, Andre Aciman

Review: Andre Aciman, Manchester Literature Festival

October 26, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Andre Aciman, Manchester Literature Festival

I read chapters from Olivia Laing’s The Lonely City in the bath.

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24 Stories, Unbound

Review: 24 Stories featuring Kathy Burke, Mike Gayle, John Mitchinson, Nina Stibbe, Manchester Literature Festival

October 19, 2018 Comments Off on Review: 24 Stories featuring Kathy Burke, Mike Gayle, John Mitchinson, Nina Stibbe, Manchester Literature Festival

Social media gets a bad rap.

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Carys Davies, image credit Jonathan Bean

Review: Carys Davies and Sarah Moss, Manchester Literature Festival

October 19, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Carys Davies and Sarah Moss, Manchester Literature Festival

From ITV big gob (and all-round cockwomble), Piers Morgan has suggested that papoose-wearing fathers look ’emasculated’. 

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Yomi Adegoke & Elizabeth Uviebinené

Review: Slay In Your Lane – The Black Girl Bible, Manchester Literature Festival

October 19, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Slay In Your Lane – The Black Girl Bible, Manchester Literature Festival

Rebels with a cause, Elizabeth Uviebinené and Yomi Adegoke, are challenging the barriers surrounding race.

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Gill Sims, Kilearn, All Pics © Martin Hunter

Preview: Raworths Literature Festival, Harrogate

October 19, 2018 Comments Off on Preview: Raworths Literature Festival, Harrogate

They don’t hide their light under a bushel in Harrogate. But then again, why would you when you’re about to host what has been described as “one of the UK’s best literary festivals”?

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