Talks & Debates
British culture can offer few positions more indicative of popular, mainstream acceptance than an afternoon guest slot on BBC Radio 2.Read the full story..
How do young people make sense of the world and its complexities? Fiona Shaw, author and senior lecturer at Northumbria University, shares a range of thought-provoking and engaging novels for enquiring minds.Read the full story..
I’m a binge-reader. I used to be someone who hovered over books slowly, drinking them in, pondering, possibly having a really good sniff of the spine.Read the full story..
Review – A Celebration of Muriel Spark: Jackie Kay, Alan Taylor & Louise Welsh, Manchester Literature Festival
It’s cosily disorientating.Read the full story..
“I’m just surprised they’re holding something like this here,” whispers one of my fellow conference-goers as we take our seats in the Robert Bolt Theatre for this year’s Northern Lights Writers’ Conference.Read the full story..
What became of the Year of Publishing Women? Stefan Tobler from And Other Stories talks to Northern Soul
Back in 2015, The Guardian and The Bookseller published a talk by novelist Kamila Shamsie at Hay Festival where she suggested that a Year of Publishing Women would help to reset the gender imbalance for published authors.Read the full story..
Review: Viv Albertine in conversation with Jeanette Winterson, Manchester Literature Festival, The Dancehouse
Viv Albertine tells an illuminating tale about her wilderness years spent trapped in a dreary, constrictive marriage.Read the full story..
Simon Schama is the kind of historian I want to be when I grow up.Read the full story..
Bradford’s arts-led renaissance: Northern Soul chats to Syima Aslam, the woman behind Bradford Literature Festival
When Syima Aslam first discussed creating a literature festival in Bradford, her daughter’s response was telling. “A literature festival in Bradford? Mum, really?”Read the full story..
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