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The Scuttlers of Manchester: Britain’s first youth cult

March 27, 2014 Comments Off on The Scuttlers of Manchester: Britain’s first youth cult

“…parents should be taught their duty, at present they seem either regardless of this or utterly afraid of correcting their children”.

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Twelfth Night

Investigating the Bard at Bolton Octagon

March 23, 2014 Comments Off on Investigating the Bard at Bolton Octagon

In the Octagon, Bolton has a successful theatre generating its own productions and receiving touring shows. Sounds like any other theatre, right?

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On Becoming a Poet

March 15, 2014 Comments Off on On Becoming a Poet

The first contemporary poet I read was Jackie Kay.

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Last and First Men

Last and First Men: a pioneering work of science fiction

March 11, 2014 Comments Off on Last and First Men: a pioneering work of science fiction

There are few books as original and daring as Olaf Stapledon’s Last and First Men.

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Becoming Johnny Vegas – Mike Pennington’s autobiography

March 8, 2014 Comments Off on Becoming Johnny Vegas – Mike Pennington’s autobiography

I first spoke to Mike Pennington over the phone on my first day as comedy editor at Manchester’s late, lamented what’s on guide, CityLife.

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Comma Press: a story of success

February 26, 2014 Comments Off on Comma Press: a story of success

The cosy world of the short story is undergoing a renaissance and this is due in part to the Manchester based publishing house, Comma Press.

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SHIT HAPPENS: Jeremy Kyle meets The Thorn Birds

February 25, 2014 Comments Off on SHIT HAPPENS: Jeremy Kyle meets The Thorn Birds

Eileen Wharton, a novelist from County Durham, says that you don’t have to be posh to be published. 

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Richard Boon

Ever fallen in love with Richard Boon?

February 18, 2014 Comments Off on Ever fallen in love with Richard Boon?

The Manchester punk scene was never meant to be a weighty chapter in history. Quite the opposite: it emerged as a short, sharp breath of fresh air.

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Byker Books: The Best of British

January 20, 2014 Comments Off on Byker Books: The Best of British

When you hear the phrase ‘Best of British’ what does it make you think?

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Lord of the World

The Father of Dystopia: R H Benson and The Lord of the World

January 16, 2014 Comments Off on The Father of Dystopia: R H Benson and The Lord of the World

This year sees the 100th anniversary of the death of Robert Hugh Benson at the tragically early age of 43.

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