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Karen Shaw

Karen Shaw
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’.
Lawn House, Swaledale

REVIEW: Lawn House, Swaledale | Gorgeous Cottages

With my mum’s 70th birthday rapidly approaching I was wrestling with a gaggle of ideas on how to celebrate this milestone, with thoughts ranging...
Pete Waterman

The Hitman Strikes Again | Pete Waterman

Blackpool is going to be a real hive of activity over the August bank holiday, when Dr Pete Waterman, author, OBE, DJ and Pop...
Carol Decker

Exclusive interview with Carol Decker

This Redhead Still Rocks When eighties band T’Pau perform at Wakefield on the 7th of July, lead singer Carol Decker promises “A great rocking show.” Carol...
Karen Betts

Face to face with Karen Betts

When I was offered the opportunity of interviewing Karen Betts, a Yorkshire lass born and bred renowned for her microblading skills, I was intrigued....
Yorkshire Fillies

IN PICTURES: Smash and chat with the Yorkshire Fillies

It’s Saturday morning and instead of dropping the children off at ballet classes and football training I’m frantically fumbling around in my wardrobe for...
What to get for Father's Day

Has your dad got wood? What to get for father’s day

All men have an interest and fascination in common. Most of you no doubt, will already have presumed that it involves women (or possibly men),...
Shakin' Stevens

Exclusive interview with Shakin’ Stevens

At the tender age of 13, I would wake up to him every morning and kiss him goodnight. He was my denim-clad Welsh Adonis....

We chat with ‘Britain’s favourite choreographer’ Matthew Bourne

For those of you who aren’t aware, before I entered into the crazy world of publishing I had a career in contemporary dance. From...
Alexander O’Neal

Exclusive interview with Alexander O’Neal

Rhythm and Blues icon Alexander O’Neal - along with his nine piece band - is just about to embark on his UK tour to...
Martha Reeves

We chat to Martha Reeves ahead of Northern tour dates

They had umpteen hits, including ‘(Love is like a) Heat Wave’, ‘Quicksand’, ‘Nowhere to Run’ and ‘Jimmy Mack’. But it is 1964’s chart-topping, endlessly...