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Not From Around There: finding a place in historical fiction

April 19, 2017 Comments Off on Not From Around There: finding a place in historical fiction

My debut novel, The Witchfinder’s Sister, is set in Essex. Which, it’s fair to say, is not The North.

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Ann Cleeves

Vera, Shetland and the North: Ann Cleeves talks to Northern Soul

October 29, 2016 Comments Off on Vera, Shetland and the North: Ann Cleeves talks to Northern Soul

“She’s driving from her home towards Newcastle but that’s the Holy Island causeway and that clearly isn’t right.”

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Alexei Sayle talks to Northern Soul

March 10, 2016 Comments Off on Alexei Sayle talks to Northern Soul

There’s a moment in Thatcher Stole My Trousers – Alexei Sayle’s new volume of memoirs covering his ascent to comedy stardom – in which he finally gets to pass through the doors of London’s Capital Radio for the first time.

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The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley

Costa winner Andrew Michael Hurley talks to Northern Soul

February 2, 2016 Comments Off on Costa winner Andrew Michael Hurley talks to Northern Soul

It isn’t easy to get a novel published, let alone read by the public. But when it finally happened for Lancashire-based writer Andrew Michael Hurley, it was well worth the wait.

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Jane Smiley

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jane Smiley talks to Northern Soul

October 24, 2015 Comments Off on Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jane Smiley talks to Northern Soul

The telephone purrs ominously in my hand. I swirl the last dregs of lukewarm coffee at the bottom of the cup while sitting cross-legged on my desk chair, and stare at the pile of press releases and hand-written notes in scratchy blue biro on my desk.

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Kerry Wilkinson

Best-selling crime author Kerry Wilkinson talks to Northern Soul

October 22, 2015 Comments Off on Best-selling crime author Kerry Wilkinson talks to Northern Soul

Kerry Wilkinson has consistently topped the Amazon UK charts since 2011 with his Manchester-set Jessica Daniel (and spin-off Andrew Hunter) series of thrillers.

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Kate Mosse

“Write every single day” Kate Mosse talks to Northern Soul

September 24, 2015 Comments Off on “Write every single day” Kate Mosse talks to Northern Soul

I’m sitting at my desk in pyjamas and waiting for the call to connect. It’s a Tuesday morning, the dog is staring at me from the doorway, and it’s all a little bit nerve-wracking.

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Brian Lavery

The Headscarf Revolutionaries and the Hull Triple Trawler Disaster

June 11, 2015 Comments Off on The Headscarf Revolutionaries and the Hull Triple Trawler Disaster

Brian W. Lavery, author of The Headscarf Revolutionaries: Lillian Bilocca and the Hull Triple Trawler Disaster, writes for Northern Soul about a series of small quirks of fate which, across the decades, led him to write the story of a remarkable woman.

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Heartbreak and High-Rise Housing in Hulme

April 24, 2015 Comments Off on Heartbreak and High-Rise Housing in Hulme
D.D. Johnston writes for Northern Soul about The Secret Baby Room, a psychological thriller set on a Manchester estate, drawing on the author’s time living with no fixed home and working at the bus station.
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Rosie Garland

Author, singer and vampire Rosie Garland talks to Northern Soul

March 13, 2015 Comments Off on Author, singer and vampire Rosie Garland talks to Northern Soul

If you’ve been out and about in the North at any time over the past 30 years, you may well have seen performances by the likes of burlesque chanteuse and Vampire Queen Rosie Lugosi, seminal post-punk outfit The March Violets (with a shock-haired female Goth singer), or the charmingly powerful poet Rosie Garland.

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