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Slip of a Fish, Amy Arnold

Book Review: Slip of a Fish by Amy Arnold

Oct 27, 2018 Comments Off on Book Review: Slip of a Fish by Amy Arnold

Have you ever read a book that left you astounded?

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Enigma Variations, Andre Aciman

Review: Andre Aciman, Manchester Literature Festival

Oct 26, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Andre Aciman, Manchester Literature Festival

I read chapters from Olivia Laing’s The Lonely City in the bath.

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24 Stories, Unbound

Review: 24 Stories featuring Kathy Burke, Mike Gayle, John Mitchinson, Nina Stibbe, Manchester Literature Festival

Oct 19, 2018 Comments Off on Review: 24 Stories featuring Kathy Burke, Mike Gayle, John Mitchinson, Nina Stibbe, Manchester Literature Festival

Social media gets a bad rap.

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Review: Carys Davies and Sarah Moss, Manchester Literature Festival

Oct 19, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Carys Davies and Sarah Moss, Manchester Literature Festival

From ITV big gob (and all-round cockwomble), Piers Morgan has suggested that papoose-wearing fathers look ’emasculated’. 

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The Beauty of Broken Things by Catherine North

Book Review: The Beauty of Broken Things by Catherine North

Oct 17, 2018 Comments Off on Book Review: The Beauty of Broken Things by Catherine North

I’m increasingly drawn to stories set in the places I know well.

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“Manchester is good at spotting an opportunity and going for it.” John McGrath from Manchester International Festival talks to Northern Soul

Oct 5, 2018 Comments Off on “Manchester is good at spotting an opportunity and going for it.” John McGrath from Manchester International Festival talks to Northern Soul

Last year was a harrowing time for Manchester.

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Manchester Cares

“Hanging out and helping one another.” The community network tackling loneliness – Manchester Cares

Oct 3, 2018 Comments Off on “Hanging out and helping one another.” The community network tackling loneliness – Manchester Cares

When I was at university I worked as a carer.

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Theatre Review: Matilda – The Musical, Palace Theatre, Manchester

Sep 21, 2018 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Matilda – The Musical, Palace Theatre, Manchester

Eight years ago, I snagged tickets to Matilda: The Musical at Stratford-upon-Avon’s Courtyard Theatre.

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Northern Lights Writers Festival

Review: Northern Lights Writers’ Conference, Waterside, Sale

Sep 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

Sep 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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