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Dinesh Allirajah Prize for Short Fiction

Media Sponsor: Northern Soul – shortlist announced for the Dinesh Allirajah Prize for Short Fiction 2021

March 19, 2021 Comments Off on Media Sponsor: Northern Soul – shortlist announced for the Dinesh Allirajah Prize for Short Fiction 2021

We’re delighted to have teamed up with Comma Press and the University of Central Lancashire as Media Partner for the fourth annual Dinesh Allirajah Prize for Short Fiction.

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“I’m a very late starter to this novel-writing lark.” Award-winning crime author Trevor Wood talks to Northern Soul

March 3, 2021 Comments Off on “I’m a very late starter to this novel-writing lark.” Award-winning crime author Trevor Wood talks to Northern Soul

The huge surge in the readership of crime novels during the present unpleasantness arises partly, no doubt, from the visceral pleasure, sheer entertainment and, yes, reassurance to be had from a gripping plot, set within a somewhat familiar formula in a world where justice might actually triumph.

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Writing a novel in 2021? Tips and guidance from a successful 2020 debut author

January 14, 2021 Comments Off on Writing a novel in 2021? Tips and guidance from a successful 2020 debut author

“It took 17 years from typing the first word of the first manuscript to finally being published last year.

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Gaynor Jones

“Stay true to the kind of work you want to produce.” Author Gaynor Jones reflects on what it means to be a Northern writer

July 10, 2020 Comments Off on “Stay true to the kind of work you want to produce.” Author Gaynor Jones reflects on what it means to be a Northern writer

Gaynor Jones, winner of Northern Soul Writer of the Year 2018, looks back on a year that was full of surprises.

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Once upon a time: how anti-migrant politics threaten the British writing industry

October 20, 2019 Comments Off on Once upon a time: how anti-migrant politics threaten the British writing industry

As Brexit dominates the headlines, Alexandra Jarvis, a writer for the Immigration Advice Service, has some stringent opinions on the impact Brexit will have on our creative sectors. She asks, how do we stop the damage before it’s too late?

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The Picture of the Artist: poet Andrew McMillan talks to Northern Soul

September 6, 2019 Comments Off on The Picture of the Artist: poet Andrew McMillan talks to Northern Soul

“It’s the culmination of the trilogy, each of which I think looks at the idea of ‘monster’ and what that means in contemporary society.”

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“At my best, I lose myself in my writing.” Melvyn Bragg talks to Northern Soul

December 12, 2018 Comments Off on “At my best, I lose myself in my writing.” Melvyn Bragg talks to Northern Soul

Self-doubt can be one of the biggest battles for writers.

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Northern Lights Writers Festival

Review: Northern Lights Writers’ Conference, Waterside, Sale

September 17, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Northern Lights Writers’ Conference, Waterside, Sale

“I’m just surprised they’re holding something like this here,” whispers one of my fellow conference-goers as we take our seats in the Robert Bolt Theatre for this year’s Northern Lights Writers’ Conference.

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The North-South Cultural Divide

January 16, 2016 1 Comment

Are you bored stiff of the national press’s attitude towards the North of England? Do you think that it pays scant attention to culture in this part of the world? Northern Soul asked leading artists, playwrights, poets, arts professionals and journalists what they think about the North-South cultural – and media – divide.

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Annette Sills: writing my first novel

February 13, 2015 Comments Off on Annette Sills: writing my first novel

The Relative Harmony of Julie O’Hagan is the debut novel by South Manchester writer Annette Sills. In an article for Northern Soul, she writes about her experience of becoming a published author and the processes that went into writing her book.

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