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‘How I turned being hit by a ten tonne truck into a one-woman show’

June 23, 2022 Comments Off on ‘How I turned being hit by a ten tonne truck into a one-woman show’

Late Tuesday afternoon, October 7, 2014 and a 15-year-old Katie Damer is waiting at a red light on Bury’s Dumers Lane as she cycles home from school.

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The Hara. Credit: Scruff of the Neck Records

“The vibes were sick.” The Hara talk to Northern Soul

April 15, 2022 Comments Off on “The vibes were sick.” The Hara talk to Northern Soul

I first met the three-piece heavy rock outfit known as The Hara during Storm Eunice. It was one of the worst UK storms in recent memory and a day where, between the four of us, no one had thought to bring an umbrella.

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“You hope your songs can weave their way into people’s lives.” Marti Pellow talks to Northern Soul

April 13, 2022 Comments Off on “You hope your songs can weave their way into people’s lives.” Marti Pellow talks to Northern Soul

Marti Pellow has come a long way from the cheery-faced lead singer with Scots pop stars Wet Wet Wet in the 1980s and 90s.

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Jane Fairhurst

“Was it a deliberate act to remove women from history?” Artist Jane Fairhurst talks to Northern Soul

March 10, 2022 Comments Off on “Was it a deliberate act to remove women from history?” Artist Jane Fairhurst talks to Northern Soul

Artist Jane Fairhurst has been making art, exhibiting and curating exhibitions for more than three decades. She attended Liverpool School of Art at 18 and later gained a Master’s degree at Liverpool John Moores University in 2010. Fairhurst works across a range of media including textile sculptures, painting, drawing, mixed-media and installation from her studio at Cross Street Arts in Wigan.

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Clare Grogan

“I’m still the same person I was back then.” Altered Images singer Clare Grogan talks to Northern Soul

March 1, 2022 Comments Off on “I’m still the same person I was back then.” Altered Images singer Clare Grogan talks to Northern Soul

If Channel 5’s Friday music documentaries are to be believed, the 80s was the best decade for music.

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“It was a story I needed to tell.” Portico Prize-winning author Sally J Morgan on gender inequality, friendship and the North

February 9, 2022 Comments Off on “It was a story I needed to tell.” Portico Prize-winning author Sally J Morgan on gender inequality, friendship and the North

A staple of Manchester’s cultural and literary life, The Portico Library is situated above The Bank pub on Mosley Street. The 19th century library houses more than 25,000 books and is filled with archives covering 450 years. While The Portico is a subscription library, it works with diverse communities in the region to create events, exhibitions and learning programmes. It is also the home of The Portico Prize, established in 1985, a biennial award which accepts submissions across all literary formats and gives £10,000 to an overall winner.

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“We formed a band at the right time.” Northern Soul talks to Shambolics

February 1, 2022 Comments Off on “We formed a band at the right time.” Northern Soul talks to Shambolics

It’s no secret that the Scottish indie scene has soared in popularity over the past few years.

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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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“We can’t all be from rich families and go to RADA.” Samantha Womack talks to Northern Soul

December 8, 2021 Comments Off on “We can’t all be from rich families and go to RADA.” Samantha Womack talks to Northern Soul

Versatility is the key to surviving as an actor. With a CV ranging from Guys and Dolls and the Kingsman films to EastEnders and even Eurovision, Samantha Womack has barely stopped working during the past 30 years with high-profile roles in TV, film and theatre.

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Afflecks Palace

The Spirit of Spike Island: Afflecks Palace’s J Fender talks to Northern Soul

November 30, 2021 Comments Off on The Spirit of Spike Island: Afflecks Palace’s J Fender talks to Northern Soul

A mention of the name Afflecks Palace and people in the North usually think of Manchester’s eclectic and much-loved hub of counterculture, not a DIY four-piece band.

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