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Jane Smiley

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jane Smiley talks to Northern Soul

October 24, 2015 Comments Off on Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jane Smiley talks to Northern Soul

The telephone purrs ominously in my hand. I swirl the last dregs of lukewarm coffee at the bottom of the cup while sitting cross-legged on my desk chair, and stare at the pile of press releases and hand-written notes in scratchy blue biro on my desk.

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Kate Mosse

Review: Kate Mosse, Manchester Literature Festival

October 20, 2015 Comments Off on Review: Kate Mosse, Manchester Literature Festival

I am sitting in the spectacular Living Worlds gallery in Manchester Museum. It is one of those cold autumnal nights where darkness is drawing in, winter coats have come out of hibernation and everything is a little bit eerie.

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Kathryn Williams

Lyricism and Lyrics: Sylvia Plath and Kathryn Williams

October 15, 2015 Comments Off on Lyricism and Lyrics: Sylvia Plath and Kathryn Williams

Northern Soul’s Poetry Correspondent, Wendy Pratt, talks to singer/songwriter Kathryn Williams about Hypoxia, an album written to mark the 50th anniversary of Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar. Williams will be performing at the Manchester Literature Festival this weekend. 

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Melvyn Bragg

Now is the Time: Melvyn Bragg talks to Northern Soul

October 11, 2015 Comments Off on Now is the Time: Melvyn Bragg talks to Northern Soul

I have a bone to pick with Melvyn Bragg.

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Andrew Davies

Screenwriter Andrew Davies talks to Northern Soul

October 10, 2015 Comments Off on Screenwriter Andrew Davies talks to Northern Soul

Down the decades, British television has thoroughly enjoyed a good literary adaptation.

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Kate Mosse

“Write every single day” Kate Mosse talks to Northern Soul

September 24, 2015 Comments Off on “Write every single day” Kate Mosse talks to Northern Soul

I’m sitting at my desk in pyjamas and waiting for the call to connect. It’s a Tuesday morning, the dog is staring at me from the doorway, and it’s all a little bit nerve-wracking.

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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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Tennesse Williams

John Lahr talks to Northern Soul about Tennessee Williams

November 6, 2014 Comments Off on John Lahr talks to Northern Soul about Tennessee Williams

When it comes to the performing arts, you’d have to say that John Lahr is steeped in them.

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Olivia Laing

Review: Afternoon Tea with Olivia Laing

October 25, 2014 Comments Off on Review: Afternoon Tea with Olivia Laing

One of the many things we forget as adults is how truly wonderful it is to have a good story read out loud.

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Morphologies

Review: Frank Cottrell Boyce and Sean O’Brien at the MLF

October 23, 2014 Comments Off on Review: Frank Cottrell Boyce and Sean O’Brien at the MLF

The plucky short story has had a long and eventful history.

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