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Sally J. Morgan. Image credit: Jessica Chubb Jan 2022

“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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The Joy of Small Things

Book Review: The Joy of Small Things by Hannah Jane Parkinson

November 7, 2021 Comments Off on Book Review: The Joy of Small Things by Hannah Jane Parkinson

Joy feels like it’s been in short supply these past 18 months. What with a global health crisis, food shortages, and the whole world literally and metaphorically being on fire, now more than ever we could all do with a big dose of happiness.

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Winnie-the-Pooh - Once There Was a Bear (The Official 95th Anniversary Prequel)

Book Review: Winnie-the-Pooh – Once There Was a Bear (The Official 95th Anniversary Prequel) by Jane Riordan

October 12, 2021 Comments Off on Book Review: Winnie-the-Pooh – Once There Was a Bear (The Official 95th Anniversary Prequel) by Jane Riordan

As I write this from my bed, there’s a Winnie-the-Pooh stuffed toy sitting next to me.

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Sunday with Sides

Food Review: Sunday with Sides/Cauliflower Cheese Menu, Ducie Street Warehouse, Manchester

October 12, 2021 Comments Off on Food Review: Sunday with Sides/Cauliflower Cheese Menu, Ducie Street Warehouse, Manchester

I have eaten cauliflower for dinner for three nights in a row this week.

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Ghosted by Jenn Ashworth

Book Review: Ghosted – A Love Story by Jenn Ashworth

September 5, 2021 Comments Off on Book Review: Ghosted – A Love Story by Jenn Ashworth

In the age of internet dating, words such as ‘orbiting’ and ‘ghosting’ have fast become a part of the collective lexicon.

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Shocked Earth

Book Review: Shocked Earth by Saskia Goldschmidt, translated by Antoinette Fawcett

June 16, 2021 Comments Off on Book Review: Shocked Earth by Saskia Goldschmidt, translated by Antoinette Fawcett

The global outbreak of COVID-19 has affected every part of human lives, including the physical world. As we now navigate a post-pandemic era, it’s become even clearer that how we treat the natural world around us is paramount to its – and our own – survival.

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I Belong Here, Anita Sethi

Book Review: I Belong Here by Anita Sethi

May 2, 2021 Comments Off on Book Review: I Belong Here by Anita Sethi

In early summer 2019, Anita Sethi was sitting in a packed carriage on the TransPennine Express train from Liverpool to Newcastle when she was racially abused by a man who, among other abhorrent things, told her to “go back to where you are from”.

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This is How we come back stronger

Book Review: This Is How We Come Back Stronger – Feminist Writers on Turning Crisis into Change

April 20, 2021 Comments Off on Book Review: This Is How We Come Back Stronger – Feminist Writers on Turning Crisis into Change

Women across the world are bearing the brunt of the COVID-19 crisis.

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Manchester Fashion Movement

“Why do we just throw clothing away?” The founders of Manchester Fashion Movement talk to Northern Soul

March 1, 2021 Comments Off on “Why do we just throw clothing away?” The founders of Manchester Fashion Movement talk to Northern Soul

Over the last year or so, I’ve become extremely anxious.

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Castles from Cobwebs

Book Review: Castles from Cobwebs by J.A. Mensah

February 19, 2021 Comments Off on Book Review: Castles from Cobwebs by J.A. Mensah

During the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, I stopped reading.

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