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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’.
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We visit Tricia Penrose at her Cheshire home

Life is for the taking, and that’s exactly what husband and wife team Tricia Penrose and Mark Simpkin have done. They’ve grabbed it, packed...
Christopher Eccleston

Exclusive interview with Christopher Eccleston

Don't Believe Everything you Read! The Lake District-based thriller Safe House, starring Emmy award winning actor Christopher Eccleston, was one of ITV’s biggest hits of...

Karen Chats to Jennie McAlpine

Family, Food... with a Baby and a Business Avid Coronation Street viewers have seen Fiz played by Jennie McAlpine blossom over her 14 years on...
Peter Stringfellow

Karen Chats to Yorkshireman Peter Stringfellow

He’s been the toast of London society long enough to have become a legend. He’s dined with Princess Diana, entertained Stephen Hawkins and had marriage advice from...
Rick Parfitt

Karen Shaw interviews Rick Parfitt

Stripped Bare Exclusive interview by Karen Shaw I caught up with rock legend Rick Parfitt, the musician who along with Francis Rossi helped form the massively...

Exclusive interview with Kerrie Hayes

Going Through The Mill Exclusive interview by Karen Shaw Based on powerful true stories of the workers, Channel 4’s The Mill focuses on the lives of...

Interview with Biff Byford of Saxon

The Road Warrior 35 years, 20 albums, countless live shows and still no sign of slowing down: Saxon prove to be a force to be...
Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry

Karen Shaw interviews Paul Hollywood

I’ve never been a keen baker, in fact I’ve never baked very much at all, but when Paul appears on TV with those piercing...
Shayne Ward

Exclusive interview with X Factor winner Shayne Ward

Once hailed as the UK’s answer to Justin Timberlake, Salford boy Shayne Ward has been a busy chappie since his debut single That’s My...

Martin Clunes interview by Karen Shaw

Doctor Behaving Badly! Nothing much has changed for Martin Clunes, first he was a man behaving badly and now he’s a doctor behaving badly! Doc Martin...

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