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Dodie Smith: Look Back With Love

Last month, Jacqueline Wilson spoke to a packed hall at Manchester’s Royal Northern College of Music about her 100th book Opal Plumstead, which is set in Edwardian England…


Weirdstone Of Brisingamen

The title still impresses me. I must have read Alan Garner’s first novel (published 1960) in the late seventies, by which time I was already a Tolkien/C.S.Lewis veteran….


What is Common Knowledge?

Ex-Manchester journalist Jon Ronson wrote The Men Who Stare At Goats… That should ring a bell, because the film of the book stars George Clooney, and even if…

Mark Mulligan, David Byrne & Dave Haslam

Hedd To Head

Belated review of Plug In, Tune Out with David Byrne, Mark Mulligan and Dave Haslam: Does music matter less in the current era? Royal Northern College Of Music,…

Blue Plaque at 62 Nelson Street, Chorlton-on-Medlock M13 9WP

Neglected Pankhurst Legacy

Definition of suffrage 1 [mass noun] the right to vote in political elections – Oxford Dictionaries Online Emmeline Pankhurst is considered to be one of the most important…


A Tale Of Two Cities (Money’s Too Tight To Mention)

All we are hearing now are echoes from the musical explosions of the 20th century. Roger Eagle, 1994 Sit Down! Listen To This! is a book about the…


Stone Roses Comeback

The Stone Roses unexpectedly played their first gig in 16 years at Warrington’s Parr Hall yesterday evening. Entry was free. I suppose they need to warm up for…


The Hacienda In 1982

Written while Liz Naylor and Cath Carroll ran City Fun, this informative article is steeped in scepticism. Factory is viewed as corporate and highly suspect; men with lots…

Mole Express Issue 10

Fanzines & The Alternative Press

On Saturday March 3rd, as part of the Manchester Histories Festival, Dave Haslam gave a talk, A Brief Introduction to Manchester’s Alternative Music Magazines, at the Quaker Meeting…


Lord Horror

Currently selling on Ebay for £400 is a hardback first edition of Lord Horror, published by Manchester independent publishing house Savoy in 1989. Another copy is priced at…


Nicked from New York

Includes Text from ‘The New York Dolls’ by Morrissey (1981) Manchester & New York are very different cities but they have certain striking similarities: nineteenth-century architecture and infra-structure;…

At Pips Nightclub - by Kevin Cummins - The Face December 1980

Bowie Boys, Pips Nightclub

Concerning ‘Manchester Slingback’ by Nicholas Blincoe (1998) and Pips Night Club Manchester Slingback is a book about a group of gay and bisexual boys sharing a flat in…