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“The need for organisations to keep the flame burning has never been more vital.” 30 Years of Manchester Mind

October 16, 2019 No Comments

Anxiety is at an all-time high.

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“It’s the job of fiction to be truthful.” David Constantine in conversation at Blackwell’s, Manchester

September 27, 2019 Comments Off on “It’s the job of fiction to be truthful.” David Constantine in conversation at Blackwell’s, Manchester

Literary events are tricky.

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MACBETH by Shakespeare, , Writer - William Shakespeare, Director - Christopher Haydon, DESIGNER - Oli Townsend, LIGHTING DESIGNER - Colin Grenfell, The Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester, Manchester, 2019, Credit: Johan Persson/

Theatre Review: Macbeth, Royal Exchange, Manchester

September 19, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Macbeth, Royal Exchange, Manchester

I grew up in Shakespeare’s Country (Stratford-upon-Avon to be precise) so I should be used to The Bard going on a bit.

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9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL. Amber Davies 'Judy Burnly' (2). Photo Pamela Raith

Theatre Review: 9 to 5 The Musical, Palace Theatre, Manchester

September 18, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: 9 to 5 The Musical, Palace Theatre, Manchester

I am a Dolly Parton superfan.

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A Superior Spectre: Angela Meyer in conversation with Jane Bradley, Blackwell’s, Manchester

September 6, 2019 Comments Off on A Superior Spectre: Angela Meyer in conversation with Jane Bradley, Blackwell’s, Manchester

Historical fiction isn’t my cup of tea.

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The real climate change bullies – and why we should support Greta Thunberg

September 6, 2019 Comments Off on The real climate change bullies – and why we should support Greta Thunberg

Hypocrite is the latest buzzword.

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Rife – Twenty-One Stories from Britain’s Youth edited by Nikesh Shukla and Sammy Jones

Book Review: Rife – Twenty-One Stories from Britain’s Youth edited by Nikesh Shukla and Sammy Jones

August 29, 2019 Comments Off on Book Review: Rife – Twenty-One Stories from Britain’s Youth edited by Nikesh Shukla and Sammy Jones

It’s no exaggeration to say that young people in the UK are facing uncertain and daunting times.

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Plastic not so fantastic: Lush Manchester gets naked

August 7, 2019 Comments Off on Plastic not so fantastic: Lush Manchester gets naked

Sustainability has become a marketing buzzword.

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Book Review: Precious You by Helen Monks Takhar

August 6, 2019 Comments Off on Book Review: Precious You by Helen Monks Takhar

I have a confession to make. When I’m perusing the shelves in my local bookshop, I usually pass on the section marked ‘Thriller’.

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Why we should be deeply concerned by Boris Johnson’s toxic attitude to mental health

July 30, 2019 Comments Off on Why we should be deeply concerned by Boris Johnson’s toxic attitude to mental health

Is it just me or is there a distinct whiff of apocalypse in the air?

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