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Henry Normal and his son, Johnny

World Autism Awareness Week 2021: Henry Normal shares poems to, and inspired by, his son Johnny

March 31, 2021 Comments Off on World Autism Awareness Week 2021: Henry Normal shares poems to, and inspired by, his son Johnny

Henry Normal, co-writer and producer of award-winning TV shows and films such as The Royle Family, The Mrs Merton Show, The Parole Officer, Paul Calf, Gavin & Stacey, Alan Partridge, among many others, shares some of his brilliant poems written for, and inspired by, his son, Johnny, as part of World Autism Awareness Week 2021.

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Poetry Review: No guiding star by John Mills

March 30, 2021 Comments Off on Poetry Review: No guiding star by John Mills

No guiding star might not be an instantly powerful phrase from a poetic standpoint but, from the off, you can understand why the title of John Mills’ latest poetry collection matters.

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The Northern Soul Christmas Poem: Northern Angel

December 21, 2020 Comments Off on The Northern Soul Christmas Poem: Northern Angel

While Christmas may look a little different this year, at Northern Soul we love our festive traditions and here’s a particular favourite: the Northern Soul Christmas poem written exclusively for us by Wendy Pratt in response to Phil Pounder’s beautiful photograph.

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Views in the Dales by our North Yorks photographer Paul Hunter

Northern Horizons: a North East childhood and big, big skies

December 20, 2020 Comments Off on Northern Horizons: a North East childhood and big, big skies

There’s a wonderful poem written by Thomas Hood in the early 1800s which sums up the reality of a Northern winter.

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Poetry Review: Suitcase by Kevin Reid

December 11, 2020 Comments Off on Poetry Review: Suitcase by Kevin Reid

In Suitcase, one of the latest pamphlets published by independent publishing press 4Word, Kevin Reid takes us on a number of engaging and emotional journeys.

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Poetry Review: a girl in a blue dress by Rachel Burns

November 16, 2020 Comments Off on Poetry Review: a girl in a blue dress by Rachel Burns

In a girl in a blue dress, Rachel Burns charts the struggles, traumas and adventures of her girlhood and motherhood.

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Amira Taha, Still I Rise by Allie Crewe.

Photo Gallery: Still I Rise by Allie Crewe, an NHS project to celebrate Black History Month

September 21, 2020 Comments Off on Photo Gallery: Still I Rise by Allie Crewe, an NHS project to celebrate Black History Month

In recognition of Black History Month 2020 (October 1-31), NHS health and care partners in Salford have commissioned award-winning, Manchester-based artist Allie Crewe to develop a pop-up photography exhibition.

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What would Darwin think of Zoom? Henry Normal writes for Northern Soul

September 19, 2020 Comments Off on What would Darwin think of Zoom? Henry Normal writes for Northern Soul

It’s a strange sight to see rows of people in their own homes clapping and laughing silently as you perform on Zoom or Facebook. ‘Mute Seals’ is one of the less attractive descriptions of the phenomena I recently heard.

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The People's Republic of Mancunia

The People’s Republic of Mancunia

September 19, 2020 Comments Off on The People’s Republic of Mancunia

What springs to mind when you think of Manchester? Do you walk the city and wish you could put what you’re experiencing into words?

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Henry Normal. Credit: Danny Moran. 

Why bring out a poetry book during a pandemic? Henry Normal writes for Northern Soul

September 2, 2020 Comments Off on Why bring out a poetry book during a pandemic? Henry Normal writes for Northern Soul

Most commercial endeavours seem to be waiting for lockdown to be eased further before launching anything new.

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