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Protect and Serve by JE Rowney: Winner of the Dinesh Allirajah Prize for Short Fiction 2020

May 29, 2020 No Comments

Northern Soul is thrilled to have been the media partner for Comma Press’s 3rd 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.

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Couples by Michael Stewart

Poetry Review: Couples by Michael Stewart

May 26, 2020 No Comments

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.

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Withernsea

Withernsea: a town where people have embraced precariousness as a way of life

May 20, 2020 No Comments

Withernsea is a small resort town in Holderness, a region that stretches for 61 kilometres of the East Yorkshire coast.

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Henry Normal

My New Normal: Operation Provisions and a Life in Lockdown

May 6, 2020 Comments Off on My New Normal: Operation Provisions and a Life in Lockdown

So, I arrive back from my weekly shop and my wife Angela says: “You’ve done so well. When this COVID-19 business is all over, you should still do the weekly shop.” It’s at this point I wonder if there’s some sort of conspiracy going on.

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Natasha Rea

“I am not the same girl who started this book.” Actress Natasha Rea talks about Me, Myself and Bipolar Brenda

May 4, 2020 Comments Off on “I am not the same girl who started this book.” Actress Natasha Rea talks about Me, Myself and Bipolar Brenda

We’re living in uncertain times. Our lives are hugely altered, we’re existing in isolation, unsure about the future and our collective unease is palatable.

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How are independent bookshops navigating the coronavirus crisis? We talk to Northern indies

April 26, 2020 Comments Off on How are independent bookshops navigating the coronavirus crisis? We talk to Northern indies

Before you hit ‘buy now’ while perusing the digital bookshelves of that well-known retail giant, you might want to think again. The current COVID-19 pandemic may see us turning to the big names to secure our latest reading fix but there are smaller businesses in our region which desperately need our support. While social distancing and ensuring we only leave our homes to shop for essentials is the new norm, many local bookshops are reinventing the way they do business.

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Chris Nickson

“The place is in my soul.” Crime author Chris Nickson talks to Northern Soul

April 10, 2020 Comments Off on “The place is in my soul.” Crime author Chris Nickson talks to Northern Soul

Thankfully, there does seem to be one vital element of life that this blasted COVID-19 can’t completely disrupt and that’s books and all things bookish.

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Books: Best Northern Reads (Part Two)

April 9, 2020 Comments Off on Books: Best Northern Reads (Part Two)

Where would we be right now without books? For all my enthusiasm to gobble up the latest series of Brooklyn Nine-Nine or bingewatch The Tiger King (if you haven’t given into the hype, then do so immediately), the only thing that quells my internal anxiety and settles my soul is reading. There’s something reassuring about the weight of a book in my hands and the steady back-and-forth of lines on the page. When we’re feeling clipped and stifled, books allow us to fly.

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Books: Best Northern Reads (Part One)

April 7, 2020 Comments Off on Books: Best Northern Reads (Part One)

Where would we be right now without books? For all my enthusiasm to gobble up the latest series of Brooklyn Nine-Nine or bingewatch The Tiger King (if you haven’t given into the hype, then do so immediately), the only thing that quells my internal anxiety and settles my soul is reading. There’s something reassuring about the weight of a book in my hands and the steady back-and-forth of lines on the page. When we’re feeling clipped and stifled, books allow us to fly.

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Book launch (digital): You Never Told Me by Sarah Jasmon

March 24, 2020 Comments Off on Book launch (digital): You Never Told Me by Sarah Jasmon

Social media gets a bad rap.

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