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The Divide

Book Review: The Divide by Alan Ayckbourn

November 9, 2019 Comments Off on Book Review: The Divide by Alan Ayckbourn

Alan Ayckbourn has written more than 80 plays.

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Simon Armitage

Review: Simon Armitage, Ilkley Literature Festival, King’s Hall

November 1, 2019 Comments Off on Review: Simon Armitage, Ilkley Literature Festival, King’s Hall

It came as no surprise to hear that Simon Armitage was opening Ilkley Literature Festival.

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Henry Normal

Brexit poetry: NEVER LET IT BE SAID 

October 30, 2019 Comments Off on Brexit poetry: NEVER LET IT BE SAID 

Henry Normal, co-writer of award-winning TV and film shows such as The Royle Family, The Mrs Merton Show, The Parole Officer, Coogan’s Run, Paul Calf, and producer of Gavin and Stacey, Moone Boy, Uncle and Alan Partridge, among many others, has written four Brexit-themed poems exclusively for Northern Soul. They are called Brexit Trilogy (taking into account inflation). Here’s the second one. 

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Brexit poetry: CAKE (A poem with layers)

October 27, 2019 Comments Off on Brexit poetry: CAKE (A poem with layers)
Henry Normal, co-writer of award-winning TV and film shows such as The Royle Family, The Mrs Merton Show, The Parole Officer, Coogan’s Run, Paul Calf, and producer of Gavin and Stacey, Moone Boy, Uncle and Alan Partridge, among many others, has written a number of Brexit-themed poems exclusively for Northern Soul. Here’s the first one. 
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Review: The Forgotten Women of Bauhaus, Naomi Wood, Manchester Literature Festival

October 16, 2019 Comments Off on Review: The Forgotten Women of Bauhaus, Naomi Wood, Manchester Literature Festival

When it comes to novels, there’s an art to research.

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Review: Brett Anderson, Manchester Literature Festival, The Dancehouse

October 14, 2019 Comments Off on Review: Brett Anderson, Manchester Literature Festival, The Dancehouse

Suede doesn’t fit the story.

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Review: Jessica Andrews and Helen Mort, Manchester Literature Festival, International Anthony Burgess Foundation

October 13, 2019 Comments Off on Review: Jessica Andrews and Helen Mort, Manchester Literature Festival, International Anthony Burgess Foundation

When I was a creative writing student, I was encouraged to ‘write what you know’.

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Review: Neil Tennant in conversation with Andrew McMillan, Manchester Literature Festival, RNCM

October 11, 2019 Comments Off on Review: Neil Tennant in conversation with Andrew McMillan, Manchester Literature Festival, RNCM

For Neil Tennant, it’s been a pop life. From writing pop into his personality, to writing his personality inextricably into pop, music has been at the heart of his biography.

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Book Review – Embellish with Relish: Bring Your Store Cupboard to Life

September 28, 2019 Comments Off on Book Review – Embellish with Relish: Bring Your Store Cupboard to Life

Embellish with Relish, written by the co-founder of the Hawkshead Relish Company Marie Whitehead, is a treat.

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The Irresistible Rise of Prose Poetry: Northern Soul talks to poet Oz Hardwick

September 28, 2019 Comments Off on The Irresistible Rise of Prose Poetry: Northern Soul talks to poet Oz Hardwick

In part two of his series, The Irresistible Rise of Prose Poetry, Northern Soul’s Poetry Correspondent Mark Connors talks to poet and co-editor of The Valley Press Anthology of Prose Poetry, Oz Hardwick, and reviews Hardwick’s new collection.

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