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Paul Morley and Julie Campbell (Lonelady) in conversation at Manchester Literature Festival 2021 Photo courtesy Manchester Literature Festival:Gareth Lowe _3

Review: Paul Morley in conversation with LoneLady, Manchester Literature Festival, HOME, Manchester

October 12, 2021 Comments Off on Review: Paul Morley in conversation with LoneLady, Manchester Literature Festival, HOME, Manchester

There’s no denying that there’s an air of anticipation around this, on more than one level.

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Review: Nick Hornby, Manchester Literature Festival

October 28, 2020 Comments Off on Review: Nick Hornby, Manchester Literature Festival

Nick Hornby’s pedigree is a little intimidating.

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Angela Davis

Review: Angela Davis in conversation with Jackie Kay, Manchester Literature Festival

October 28, 2020 Comments Off on Review: Angela Davis in conversation with Jackie Kay, Manchester Literature Festival

One of my favourite annual events is the Manchester Literature Festival (MLF) which has been a calendar staple since I moved to the city in the noughties.

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“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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