On Writing: Putting Pen to Paper

April 29, 2014

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Regular readers of the blog may have noticed that it’s been a bit quiet around here of late. I’ve recently acquired a weekend job showing guests around the old Granada studios up on Quay Street as part of the new Coronation Street: The Tour. This is on top of my existing day job, and as such, […]

Posted in: Opinion

Sue Townsend 1946-2014

April 11, 2014

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Unlike many, I can’t claim to have met Sue Townsend, but the death of the popular author today leaves a void in the publishing world acutely felt by fans and admires the world over. Her most successful work, The Adrian Mole series, enthralled many. But her down to earth nature also ensured she was popular […]

Posted in: Obituary

Hang Wire – Adam Christopher

April 10, 2014

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Ted Kane is worried. He’s been sleepwalking, and his somnambulant travels appear to coincide with murders by the notorious Hang Wire Killer. Meanwhile, the circus has come to town, but the Celtic dancers are taking their pagan act a little too seriously, the manager of the Olde Worlde Funfair has started talking to his vintage […]

Posted in: Fiction

The Girl With a Clock for a Heart – Peter Swanson

April 8, 2014

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The Girl with a Clock for a Heart is at once both an impressive but frustrating debut. Sure enough, the drip-fed plot hooks you in enough to keep the pages turning, but the central character becomes so stilted and irritating that you end up wanting to shake him. Or punch him. That man is George […]

Posted in: Fiction

Video Revolutions – Michael Z. Newman

March 24, 2014

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Mention of the humble video cassette might bring back fond memories of scrabbling around for that sliver of empty space to record something, or the underground trading of tapes for the latest movie, or some long forgotten piece of archive television. For others, it meant freedom of choice in what to watch on television, or […]

Posted in: Non-Fiction

Is immersive theatre killing the Industry?

February 19, 2014

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I remember the first time that I picked up one of those Choose Your Own Adventure books based on Enid Blyton’s Famous Five stories. It eschewed Blyton’s gentle stories for a more interactive experience. But it was an experience that left me feeling hollow. Screw up, and you can just turn back the pages. Get […]

Posted in: Opinion

Spring and Port Wine – LIVE!

February 14, 2014

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Bill Naughton’s period drama Spring and Port Wine is brought kicking and screaming into the 21st century thanks to a new adaptation as part of The Kings Arms’ ‘Mashed Up North’ festival. This story about a dominating father trying to control his increasingly wayward children whilst rebellion hangs is in the air may feel quaint […]

Posted in: Theatre