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Annette Sills: writing my first novel

February 13, 2015 Comments Off on Annette Sills: writing my first novel

The Relative Harmony of Julie O’Hagan is the debut novel by South Manchester writer Annette Sills. In an article for Northern Soul, she writes about her experience of becoming a published author and the processes that went into writing her book.

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Frank Sidebottom

Mick Middles on Frank Sidebottom‏

December 23, 2014 Comments Off on Mick Middles on Frank Sidebottom‏

If you’ve passed through the South Manchester village of Timperley in the past year or so, you’ll have noticed a new landmark by the main crossroads.

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Chetham's by Chris Payne

Northern Soul’s Best Reads of 2014

December 21, 2014 Comments Off on Northern Soul’s Best Reads of 2014

There’s little doubt that 2014 has been a cracking year for literature, whether it’s new authors, old favourites or re-issued classic works.

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Beta Life, Stories from an A-Life Future

Review: Beta-Life, Stories from an A-Life Future

December 13, 2014 Comments Off on Review: Beta-Life, Stories from an A-Life Future

Some would argue that we humans are whizzing along nicely with our fast-paced technological innovations, taking everything in our stride and paying scant attention to ethical concerns.

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David Mitchell

Review: David Mitchell at the Manchester Literature Festival

November 20, 2014 Comments Off on Review: David Mitchell at the Manchester Literature Festival

The word ‘epic’ is one of those overused words that publishers bring out for every book more than 500 pages long. But it’s easy to believe that this word was coined for the work of David Mitchell.

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Margaret Drabble

Review: Afternoon Tea with Margaret Drabble at The Midland

October 27, 2014 Comments Off on Review: Afternoon Tea with Margaret Drabble at The Midland

If you’ve read Northern Soul‘s interview with Margaret Drabble, you’ll know how much we admire this literary legend. Earlier this month, we were in the audience as she spoke about her latest novel at the Midland Hotel as part of the Manchester Literature Festival.

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John Lydon in Conversation at The Albert Hall, Manchester

October 23, 2014 Comments Off on John Lydon in Conversation at The Albert Hall, Manchester

Since 1976, John Lydon has been using words and music to question the inhabitants of the corridors of power, those untutored in the rhythms of popular culture who tut-tutted at the so-called degenerative influence of music’s equivalent of TNT – punk rock – on the nation’s youth.

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The Boys from Prole

May 7, 2014 Comments Off on The Boys from Prole

It seems like a miracle that a couple of lads who met via an online creative writing chat room could decide to set up a literary journal without any Arts Council funding and, while one of them works full time, make a roaring success of it.

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