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Northerners: A History, from the Ice Age to the Present Day

April 30, 2022 Comments Off on Northerners: A History, from the Ice Age to the Present Day

We all know that Northern England, home to the Industrial Revolution, has been a land of great engineers. Does that mean it must be second rank when it comes to poets, musicians and artists?

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100 Voices

Book Review: 100 Voices edited by Miranda Roszkowski

April 21, 2022 Comments Off on Book Review: 100 Voices edited by Miranda Roszkowski

Like many women I know, there have been times when I have struggled to voice my achievements. Perhaps this is because they haven’t seemed big enough or the right sort of accomplishment.

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Dream Girl - Laura Lippman

Book Review: Dream Girl by Laura Lippman

March 23, 2022 Comments Off on Book Review: Dream Girl by Laura Lippman

It is hardly unusual these days to find that the protagonist of a widely admired paperback is a writer.

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Bosh! on a Budget

Book Review: Bosh! on a Budget

February 16, 2022 Comments Off on Book Review: Bosh! on a Budget

Bosh! on a Budget. Its promise is affordable plant-based recipes at roughly £1-£2 per person. Convenience isn’t cheap and neither is eating animals. We all know that by now, right?

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The Reactor

Book Review: The Reactor by Nick Blackburn

February 1, 2022 Comments Off on Book Review: The Reactor by Nick Blackburn

Reading is my way of making sense of the world around me.

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Nick Blackburn. credit: Christa Holka

Into the Zone: Nick Blackburn writes about his debut memoir, The Reactor

January 25, 2022 Comments Off on Into the Zone: Nick Blackburn writes about his debut memoir, The Reactor

Last year, I used to come home to the North. This year I’m working in London mostly, and I miss it.

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The Stasi Poetry Circle

Book Review: The Stasi Poetry Circle by Philip Oltermann

January 25, 2022 Comments Off on Book Review: The Stasi Poetry Circle by Philip Oltermann

If the past is, in L.P. Hartley’s endlessly quoted observation, a foreign country, then how much more disorientating must it be to attempt to find one’s bearings doubly lost, adrift both in the past and a foreign country?

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Earthshot: How to Save Our Planet by Colin Butfield and Jonnie Hughes.

Book Review: Earthshot – How to Save Our Planet by Colin Butfield and Jonnie Hughes

January 18, 2022 Comments Off on Book Review: Earthshot – How to Save Our Planet by Colin Butfield and Jonnie Hughes

We’re at the start of a critical decade that will determine the future of our planet.

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Piccadilly Rats. Image by Martin Green.

The Rats’ Tales: The extraordinary life stories of Manchester buskers, The Piccadilly Rats

December 9, 2021 Comments Off on The Rats’ Tales: The extraordinary life stories of Manchester buskers, The Piccadilly Rats

If you’ve ever meandered past the corner of Lever Street and Piccadilly Gardens in the heart of Manchester, you’ve probably witnessed the unabated joy that is beloved busking collective, The Piccadilly Rats.

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Joe and Dusty Save the World

“Kindness should be everyone’s highest aspiration.” Robert Martin, Joe and Dusty Save the World

December 6, 2021 Comments Off on “Kindness should be everyone’s highest aspiration.” Robert Martin, Joe and Dusty Save the World

A few days ago, 25 boxes arrived at my house containing 1,000 copies of my book, Joe and Dusty Save the World.

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