Northern Soul

If you love the North, then Northern Soul is for you. Written in the North of England by Northern writers, Northern Soul is a celebration of culture and enterprise, from theatre, music, authors and art to heritage, small businesses, food and leading figures, as well as everything in-between.

Talking to people who work, rest and play in the North of England and scour the region for interesting stories, histories, ambitions and events. Want to read a carefully crafted article about an oddball museum or go behind the scenes of a leading institution? You can find that on Northern Soul.

Are we snobbish about art? The Northern Soul Podcast

Hurrah and huzzah! It’s time for the Northern Soul Podcast. This month Laura Brown asks, are we snobbish when it comes to art? She explores the concept of ‘threshold phobia’ – the physical act of walking into a room when you don’t know what to expect. After all, the unknown is incredibly daunting and ‘art’ can sometimes come with […]

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Fri, 24 Mar 2017 21:14:27 +0000

The book that changed my life: Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury’s landmark 1953 dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451 is not a book about censorship. Nor is it a book about firemen or the physical destruction of books. It’s not even, as Bradbury suggests, a book about how the increasing pace of modern life slowly erodes and destroys human capacity to appreciate literature. No, Fahrenheit 451 […]

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Fri, 24 Mar 2017 18:51:06 +0000

The Lawrence Batley Theatre: we go behind the scenes of a Huddersfield institution

It’s snowing as I alight at Huddersfield train station. It’s the kind of snow that falls in fine sheets, more slush than fluffy snowflake, but as I reach the entrance to the Lawrence Batley Theatre my arctic trip from Stockport becomes worth it. The theatre is a Grade II listed building, yellow-brick and stately, like […]

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Fri, 24 Mar 2017 17:52:17 +0000

Review: The Witchfinder’s Sister, Waterstones Deansgate, Manchester

There’s something about Waterstones Deansgate in Manchester. It’s the welcoming, colourful displays and the passion with which they celebrate local talent and history alongside bestsellers that makes it feel like a local bookshop. I’m here for the launch of Beth Underdown’s debut novel, The Witchfinder’s Sister. Hailing from Rochdale and a lecturer in creative writing at […]

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Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:42:46 +0000

Photo Gallery: Material World

Northern Soul‘s Head Photographer Chris Payne checks out the textile stalls at Bury Market and takes some colourful snaps to brighten up gloomy March.  

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Tue, 21 Mar 2017 23:13:12 +0000

Review: Helen’s Kitchen, Bury Market

As a coeliac, nipping to a café for a bit of lunch is something I don’t get to do very often. Most cosy caffs don’t cater for food allergies, and it’s often hard to even find out if the hot chocolate is gluten-free. This means having to be extremely organised and making a lunch before we […]

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Tue, 21 Mar 2017 23:05:34 +0000

Review: Handmade Burger Co, The Old Courthouse, Deansgate, Manchester

It’s getting harder and harder to remember now, but many of us grew up at a time when burgers weren’t all that common in the UK. Back in the early 80s, you might have nipped into a Wimpy every now and then as a treat, but otherwise you just consoled yourself with the thought that […]

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Tue, 21 Mar 2017 22:37:22 +0000

Quality Control: Northern Soul talks open-world gaming

In a new regular feature, Northern Soul’s gamers consider the thorny issues besetting the video game industry. This month’s burning question…As hardware continues to improve, more developers are setting their games in large, open worlds. Is this a sign of quality or are we being weighed down by the sheer footprint of many of today’s […]

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Tue, 21 Mar 2017 21:37:33 +0000