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Frank Sidebottom

Mick Middles on Frank Sidebottom‏

December 23, 2014 Comments Off on Mick Middles on Frank Sidebottom‏

If you’ve passed through the South Manchester village of Timperley in the past year or so, you’ll have noticed a new landmark by the main crossroads.

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Chetham's by Chris Payne

Northern Soul’s Best Reads of 2014

December 21, 2014 Comments Off on Northern Soul’s Best Reads of 2014

There’s little doubt that 2014 has been a cracking year for literature, whether it’s new authors, old favourites or re-issued classic works.

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Factory Nightclub, Manchester

The Sound Of The Haunted North

December 19, 2014 Comments Off on The Sound Of The Haunted North

Guy Mankowski is a novelist based in Newcastle. Here he writes for Northern Soul about his third novel, How I Left The National Grid, to be published in February 2015. It’s about a Manchester-based singer who vanishes following a controversial appearance on Top of the Pops, and a journalist who tries to track him down. The book also celebrates the Northern post-punk music scene.

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Beta Life, Stories from an A-Life Future

Review: Beta-Life, Stories from an A-Life Future

December 13, 2014 Comments Off on Review: Beta-Life, Stories from an A-Life Future

Some would argue that we humans are whizzing along nicely with our fast-paced technological innovations, taking everything in our stride and paying scant attention to ethical concerns.

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Portrait of Sophia Al-Maria. Courtesy the artist

The Girl Who Fell To Earth: Sophia Al-Maria talks to Northern Soul

November 23, 2014 Comments Off on The Girl Who Fell To Earth: Sophia Al-Maria talks to Northern Soul

The best books never leave you. You never really finish them. They become part of your story, lying dormant until something, anything, sparks the tinderbox of memory and, like a long-lost friend, you remember how much you loved them.

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John Hegley

John Hegley on Bus Conductors, Barbers and Potatoes

November 20, 2014 Comments Off on John Hegley on Bus Conductors, Barbers and Potatoes

I saw John Hegley at Just So Festival in August this year, performing to a crowd of parents and young children. It had the potential to be a difficult gig.

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David Mitchell

Review: David Mitchell at the Manchester Literature Festival

November 20, 2014 Comments Off on Review: David Mitchell at the Manchester Literature Festival

The word ‘epic’ is one of those overused words that publishers bring out for every book more than 500 pages long. But it’s easy to believe that this word was coined for the work of David Mitchell.

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Tennesse Williams

John Lahr talks to Northern Soul about Tennessee Williams

November 6, 2014 Comments Off on John Lahr talks to Northern Soul about Tennessee Williams

When it comes to the performing arts, you’d have to say that John Lahr is steeped in them.

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Margaret Drabble

Review: Afternoon Tea with Margaret Drabble at The Midland

October 27, 2014 Comments Off on Review: Afternoon Tea with Margaret Drabble at The Midland

If you’ve read Northern Soul‘s interview with Margaret Drabble, you’ll know how much we admire this literary legend. Earlier this month, we were in the audience as she spoke about her latest novel at the Midland Hotel as part of the Manchester Literature Festival.

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Olivia Laing

Review: Afternoon Tea with Olivia Laing

October 25, 2014 Comments Off on Review: Afternoon Tea with Olivia Laing

One of the many things we forget as adults is how truly wonderful it is to have a good story read out loud.

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