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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’.
Joan Armatrading

Interview with Joan Armatrading

Love and Affection I am not in love, but I’m open to persuasion”... my student days were spent humming this tune on my trusty Walkman....
Candi Staton

Exclusive interview with Candi Staton

// Candi Girl Exclusive interview By Karen Shaw "What’s the sense in sharing this one and only life...” is the opening line in one song which...
Adrian Edmonson

Exclusive interview with Adrian Edmondson

Bringing Punk to Folk... Exclusive interview By Karen Shaw I was over the moon when offered the opportunity to interview Adrian Edmondson. The only downfall was...

Karen Shaw interviews Larry Lamb

A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing By Karen Shaw If you were filming a drama about the complex nature of relationships, you could do worse than make...

Interview with John Challis of Only Fools and Horses

Only Fools & Boycie Exclusive Interview by Karen Shaw Famed for playing Boycie in one of the UK’s finest comedies, Only Fools and Horses, John Challis...

Exclusive interview with Sean Wilson by Karen Shaw

Northern Cheese Warrior Exclusive interview with Sean Wilson by Karen Shaw He was familiar to millions as Martin Platt on Coronation Street for 20 years, but...
Status Quo

Exclusive interview with Francis Rossi of Status Quo

Status Quotes Exclusive Interview by Karen Shaw For years Status Quo founder Francis Rossi led a lifestyle of sex, drugs and rock n’ roll. At the...
Barry Cryer

Karen Shaw interviews Barry Cryer

Cryer with Laughter Exclusive interview By Karen Shaw With over 50 years in showbiz (including a number one song in Finland), comedy writer Barry Cryer OBE...

Karen Shaw interviews Ricky Tomlinson

From Jailbird To Jim Royle Exclusive Interview By Karen Shaw  Photography By Mark Davis For one night in May you can settle down and be transported...
Nerys Hughes

Exclusive interview with star of The Liver Birds Nerys Hughes

Hot on the heels of Beatlemania, Liverpool was the place to hail from and The Liver Birds was a groundbreaking sitcom, in the tradition of the The...

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