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Simon Armitage

Walking Away: Simon Armitage talks to Northern Soul

June 4, 2015 Comments Off on Walking Away: Simon Armitage talks to Northern Soul

Back in summer 2010, Yorkshire poet Simon Armitage embarked on an ambitious walk: the 256-mile route of the Pennine Way, from Kirk Yetholm in the Scottish Borders to Edale in the Peak District.

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Roger McGough

Roger McGough on poetry, performance and hanging out with The Beatles

April 15, 2015 Comments Off on Roger McGough on poetry, performance and hanging out with The Beatles

Roger McGough, who’ll be introducing his new collection It Never Rains at this month’s Oldham’s Bookmark Festival, a week-long celebration of all things literary in the borough, admits to being surprised on discovering that the book is his 100th title.

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Poetry

What’s Up North? The Northern Soul Poetry Preview

February 2, 2015 Comments Off on What’s Up North? The Northern Soul Poetry Preview

The poetry community is a displaced, wandering mass.

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John Hegley

John Hegley on Bus Conductors, Barbers and Potatoes

November 20, 2014 Comments Off on John Hegley on Bus Conductors, Barbers and Potatoes

I saw John Hegley at Just So Festival in August this year, performing to a crowd of parents and young children. It had the potential to be a difficult gig.

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Prole

The Boys from Prole

May 7, 2014 Comments Off on The Boys from Prole

It seems like a miracle that a couple of lads who met via an online creative writing chat room could decide to set up a literary journal without any Arts Council funding and, while one of them works full time, make a roaring success of it.

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What Motherhood Means

April 12, 2014 Comments Off on What Motherhood Means

Below is a poem I wrote in 2010. It is the title poem of my first collection, a pamphlet called Nan Hardwicke Turns into a Hare.

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On Becoming a Poet

March 15, 2014 Comments Off on On Becoming a Poet

The first contemporary poet I read was Jackie Kay.

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Poetry and Scones at The Midland

October 13, 2013 Comments Off on Poetry and Scones at The Midland

Among the plethora of festivals that Manchester now hosts and boasts, the Literature Festival is neither as loud as the International Festival nor as beery as the Food and Drink Festival. It does not possess the quiet cool of the Jazz Festival or the bloody horror of Grim Up North. What it does possess is the grace and grandeur that only writers can provide.

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