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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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Appointment In Arezzo

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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And Other Stories

What became of the Year of Publishing Women? Stefan Tobler from And Other Stories talks to Northern Soul

September 1, 2018 Comments Off on 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.

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Review: Viv Albertine in conversation with Jeanette Winterson, Manchester Literature Festival, The Dancehouse

May 16, 2018 Comments Off on 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.

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Simon Schama

Review: Simon Schama, Manchester Literature Festival

October 27, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Simon Schama, Manchester Literature Festival

Simon Schama is the kind of historian I want to be when I grow up.

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Bradford Literature Festival 2017 Launch Dinner at the Midland Hotel, Bradford. 29.06.17

Bradford’s arts-led renaissance: Northern Soul chats to Syima Aslam, the woman behind Bradford Literature Festival

October 1, 2017 Comments Off on 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?”

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John Cooper Clarke at BBC 6 Music Festival

Henry Normal: Why I Hate Poems

September 28, 2017 Comments Off on Henry Normal: Why I Hate Poems

The great English 60s poet Adrian Mitchell once said, “most people ignore most poetry because most poetry ignores most people”.

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Liz Flanagan (image by Sarah Manson)

Young Adult fiction at Manchester Children’s Book Festival

July 12, 2017 Comments Off on Young Adult fiction at Manchester Children’s Book Festival

Young Adult fiction has experienced a surge in sales and popularity in recent years.

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