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David Constantine

“It’s the job of fiction to be truthful.” David Constantine in conversation at Blackwell’s, Manchester

September 27, 2019 Comments Off on “It’s the job of fiction to be truthful.” David Constantine in conversation at Blackwell’s, Manchester

Literary events are tricky.

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John Craven

Headlines and Hedgerows: TV legend John Craven talks to Northern Soul

September 26, 2019 Comments Off on Headlines and Hedgerows: TV legend John Craven talks to Northern Soul

I know we all say it about the tele of our childhoods, but kids’ TV in the 70s really was special.

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“Writing is a lonely way of connecting with the world.” Author Bill Bryson talks about his new book and being an author

September 22, 2019 Comments Off on “Writing is a lonely way of connecting with the world.” Author Bill Bryson talks about his new book and being an author

Interviewing Bill Bryson is a dangerous occupation, both in the preparation and the execution.

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Shelagh Delaney

Tastes of Honey: Shelagh Delaney biographer Selina Todd talks to Northern Soul

September 20, 2019 Comments Off on Tastes of Honey: Shelagh Delaney biographer Selina Todd talks to Northern Soul

In April 1958, London-based theatre director Joan Littlewood received a package in the post from 19-year-old Shelagh Delaney of Duchy Road, Salford.

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“I write the books that shout loudest in my head.” Northern Soul talks to crime author Val McDermid

September 20, 2019 Comments Off on “I write the books that shout loudest in my head.” Northern Soul talks to crime author Val McDermid

If you were to set a murder mystery in Harrogate then its crime writing festival would offer the perfect setting for a puckish postmodern whodunnit.

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A Superior Spectre: Angela Meyer in conversation with Jane Bradley, Blackwell’s, Manchester

September 6, 2019 Comments Off on A Superior Spectre: Angela Meyer in conversation with Jane Bradley, Blackwell’s, Manchester

Historical fiction isn’t my cup of tea.

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VP PROSE POETRY

The Irresistible Rise of Prose Poetry: The Valley Press Anthology of Prose Poetry

September 6, 2019 Comments Off on The Irresistible Rise of Prose Poetry: The Valley Press Anthology of Prose Poetry

In part one of our series on prose poems, The Irresistible Rise of Prose Poetry, our new Poetry Correspondent Mark Connors begins with The Valley Press Anthology of Prose Poetry.

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Rife – Twenty-One Stories from Britain’s Youth edited by Nikesh Shukla and Sammy Jones

Book Review: Rife – Twenty-One Stories from Britain’s Youth edited by Nikesh Shukla and Sammy Jones

August 29, 2019 Comments Off on Book Review: Rife – Twenty-One Stories from Britain’s Youth edited by Nikesh Shukla and Sammy Jones

It’s no exaggeration to say that young people in the UK are facing uncertain and daunting times.

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Book Review: Precious You by Helen Monks Takhar

August 6, 2019 Comments Off on Book Review: Precious You by Helen Monks Takhar

I have a confession to make. When I’m perusing the shelves in my local bookshop, I usually pass on the section marked ‘Thriller’.

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Refugee Tales III

Book Review: Refugee Tales III

July 22, 2019 Comments Off on Book Review: Refugee Tales III

I would urge anyone with a social conscience to get a copy of Refugee Tales III, published by Comma Press, as quickly as possible.

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