That’s No Lover, That’s a Vanity Thief – Smart at 25, Sleeper

That’s No Lover, That’s a Vanity Thief – Smart at 25, Sleeper

The best writers seem to be speaking directly to you. It's like they've been living in your wardrobe. They've seen you naked, rifled through your pockets, heard all of your best lines, been there through cold blooded old times and they know all of your secrets.  At least that's how it seems.  This should seem [...]

It Has to be a Loose Fit

It Has to be a Loose Fit

It's time to start again. Again. Just when I think I've worked "it" out I am hit by some event, some word, some person, some feeling, some thing, that strips me of that notion and leaves me sobbing, hopeless and broken on the floor. Again. It's almost as if life, whatever that means, is not [...]

Until You Saved Me – Pavey Ark

Until You Saved Me – Pavey Ark

Hell may well be other people but Hull is real people. Forget, for a moment, that Philip Larkin was, initially, dismissive and even cruel about the town after he arrived in the 1950's, what is important is how the city soon began to work a strange magic on this rather dour man.  He came to [...]

If the Old Dreams Die…Introducing Stanleys

If the Old Dreams Die…Introducing Stanleys

Wigan plays a crucial, central, role in British youth subculture.  From the glory days of the Casino, the spiritual home of the Nothern Soul scene, and on to the equally glorious days of the nineties British music scene when The Verve were responsible for some of the decades most affecting music the city has always [...]