Aye, it’s grim up North.

‘Cos it’s rarely seen as anything else.

This website will tell a different story.

Northern Spirit are a group of writers, artists and theatre makers from across the North who are coming together to create a new production for the theatre in 2013: A Wondrous Place.                                  

We think it’s high time for a new way of imagining the North. 

We want to see this part of the world with fresh eyes, and in surprising and unexpected ways.

We want to present a new idea of the North of England to the world.

The North’s a really huge place – so just for starters we’re talking about four areas: the Manchester City Region, the Sheffield City Region, the Liverpool City Region and Tyne and Wear. 

We want to be inspired by as many different perspectives as possible. 

This website is for people to talk about and share everything that’s fantastic, under-looked, unexpected and inspiring about these places. 

It’s about celebrating all that’s unique about them.

We hope to discover what they share. 

This Northern Spirit website will launch properly – and be fully live and active  - from August 27th. But we thought it’d be nice to give you the chance to make yourself at home. Excuse the ‘test’ stuff on here, but you know how it is…

This home page’ll look quite different when we launch – it’ll feature the newest updates from A Wondrous Space - spirited people with surprising perspectives on places in the North.  

There’s LOADS of ways you can get involved – click here to discover how. 

The North of England’s made up of many different – often contradictory – parts that come together to make a dazzling whole. We’ll be very happy if this website ultimately feels like that. Like a fanzine – a fanzine for four city-regions. A place where kindred spirits share their different perspectives and their passions with wit and with warmth. Home-made looking, perhaps even a bit rough around the edges, but invested with a lot of love and care. 

It’d be ace if you could join us.

By the way, the beautiful image you see around the outside of your screen is from Adrian Henri’s The Entry Of Christ Into Liverpool (copyright Catherine Marcangelli). It seems to sum up everything that we’d like to do. Here’s a link to ArtTattler’s excellent History of the Avant-Garde from the Inside and Outside of Liverpool where you can more fully enjoy Adrian Henri’s extraordinary painting.

The Northern Spirit logo was designed by John Disley. Many thanks for that, John.

Northern Spirit‘s digital activity is made possible through the (much appreciated) support of: