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Portrait of Humanity Vol 2

Book Review: Portrait of Humanity Vol 2

July 24, 2020 No Comments

I am mildly obsessed with the photography collections from Hoxton Mini Press.

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Gaynor Jones

“Stay true to the kind of work you want to produce.” Author Gaynor Jones reflects on what it means to be a Northern writer

July 10, 2020 Comments Off on “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.

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Poetry Review: Threat by Julia Webb

July 10, 2020 Comments Off on Poetry Review: Threat by Julia Webb

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.

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How on Earth Can I Be Eco-Friendly? By Lianne Bell

Book Review: How on Earth Can I Be Eco-Friendly? by Lianne Bell

July 2, 2020 Comments Off on Book Review: How on Earth Can I Be Eco-Friendly? by Lianne Bell

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). 

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Couples by Michael Stewart

Poetry Review: Couples by Michael Stewart

May 26, 2020 Comments Off on Poetry Review: Couples by Michael Stewart

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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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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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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