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Karen Shaw

Karen Shaw
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The Editor of Northern Life. Karen trained at the Laban Centre in London as a contemporary dancer, dancing up to 15 hours a day. She returned up North in 1992 and taught dance in the local schools, after a few years she decided a change of direction was needed and worked in sales for local and national publications. It was in 2005 that she parked up her fancy company car, took the bus home and launched Loop Publishing from the comfort of her bedroom - that was years ago and as the saying goes ‘the rest is history’.
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