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“A unique snapshot of these unprecedented times.” Manchester International Festival 2021

April 28, 2021 Comments Off on “A unique snapshot of these unprecedented times.” Manchester International Festival 2021

“MIF has always been a festival like no other, with almost all the work being created especially for us in the months and years leading up to each festival edition. But who would have guessed two years ago what a changed world the artists making work for our 2021 festival would be working in?’

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The Gayby Has Landed: A very COVID-19 winter

February 11, 2021 Comments Off on The Gayby Has Landed: A very COVID-19 winter

I’ve always tried to air on the chipper side of doom when it comes to getting through coronavirus times.

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The Gayby Has Landed: Parenting during COVID-19

January 6, 2021 Comments Off on The Gayby Has Landed: Parenting during COVID-19

There was a time when my biggest anxiety about having a child was that their rainbow origins would make them prime fodder for bullies.

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Review: Grayson Perry’s Art Club, Manchester Art Gallery

December 20, 2020 Comments Off on Review: Grayson Perry’s Art Club, Manchester Art Gallery

It was the swings swaddled in clingfilm-like tied-back curtains that got me.

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Delma Tomlin director and chief executive, National Centre for Early Music. Credit: Ben Pugh

“We worked from home and kept the music going.” Delma Tomlin, Chief Executive, National Centre for Early Music, York

November 15, 2020 Comments Off on “We worked from home and kept the music going.” Delma Tomlin, Chief Executive, National Centre for Early Music, York

I have an association with the National Centre for Early Music which has grown from strength to strength over the years, going right back to the early days of the York Early Music Festival.

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The Gayby Has Landed: Tier after Tier

November 2, 2020 Comments Off on The Gayby Has Landed: Tier after Tier

Here we are in Greater Manchester staring down the barrel of a never-ending spiral of restrictions.

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The Gayby Has Landed: pregnant in a pandemic

October 1, 2020 Comments Off on The Gayby Has Landed: pregnant in a pandemic

COVID-19 has been great for casually tearing up all expectations of common experiences, hasn’t it?

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Pandemic: The Movie

May 15, 2020 Comments Off on Pandemic: The Movie

It might seem a little perverse to pen a column about pandemic films at this point but, truth be told, I find it a little comforting.

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A Little Bird says…it’s a virtual pandemic

April 21, 2020 Comments Off on A Little Bird says…it’s a virtual pandemic

In a series of editorials where leading writers are free to say what they want under a pen name, Little Bird writes about how COVID-19 has many of us living in a digital parallel world. 

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