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Wigan poet Louise Fazackerley: 'Artists come from Wigan; they rarely stay here'

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The performance poet winner of the Radio 3 Verb New Voices award on moving to London, rubbing shoulders with Jarvis Cocker, and the poetry inspired by her soldier husband's return from Afghanistan

It's the night before the press event that launches the new vision for BBC Arts and BBC Music. It feels like the night before Christmas. I'm stopping in London at a bijou flat belonging to a fellow Northerner. I forget to congratulate her on its convenient, and probably expensive, location.

She's a TV producer and her lodger is a dancer. Not the exotic kind. They are both from Wigan.

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