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Talks & Debates

“We know the North isn’t one place, it’s not just one voice.” Northern Soul talks to HarperNorth’s Publishing Director, Genevieve Pegg

August 10, 2020 Comments Off on “We know the North isn’t one place, it’s not just one voice.” Northern Soul talks to HarperNorth’s Publishing Director, Genevieve Pegg

The North-South divide has long been a contentious issue but recent events seem to have accentuated the gap.

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Comma Press

Are independent publishers surviving? We talk to Northern presses

June 8, 2020 Comments Off on Are independent publishers surviving? We talk to Northern presses

Are you reading more than usual during lockdown? Are you consuming books at a rate of knots?

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Common People: Breaking the Class Ceiling in UK Publishing

June 3, 2020 Comments Off on Common People: Breaking the Class Ceiling in UK Publishing

If there’s one thing the pandemic has brought home, it’s the importance of the uncelebrated.

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My New Normal: Operation Provisions and a Life in Lockdown

May 6, 2020 Comments Off on My New Normal: Operation Provisions and a Life in Lockdown

So, I arrive back from my weekly shop and my wife Angela says: “You’ve done so well. When this COVID-19 business is all over, you should still do the weekly shop.” It’s at this point I wonder if there’s some sort of conspiracy going on.

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Let’s Not Die a Young Man’s Death: Northern Soul talks to Roger McGough

August 8, 2019 Comments Off on Let’s Not Die a Young Man’s Death: Northern Soul talks to Roger McGough

British culture can offer few positions more indicative of popular, mainstream acceptance than an afternoon guest slot on BBC Radio 2.

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Young readers: ten books to make you think about the world

February 3, 2019 Comments Off on Young readers: ten books to make you think about the world

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.

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Review: Kate Atkinson, Manchester Literature Festival

October 28, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Kate Atkinson, Manchester Literature Festival

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.

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Review: Jo Brand, Manchester Literature Festival

October 27, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Jo Brand, Manchester Literature Festival

As a student in the early 90s, I spent three summers working in the Edinburgh Fringe box office.

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Review – A Celebration of Muriel Spark: Jackie Kay, Alan Taylor & Louise Welsh, Manchester Literature Festival

October 18, 2018 Comments Off on Review – A Celebration of Muriel Spark: Jackie Kay, Alan Taylor & Louise Welsh, Manchester Literature Festival

It’s cosily disorientating.

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Northern Lights Writers Festival

Review: Northern Lights Writers’ Conference, Waterside, Sale

September 17, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Northern Lights Writers’ Conference, Waterside, Sale

“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.

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