Kevin Childs
Kevin Childs has worked as a publisher, an actor, and a researcher. He has a doctoral degree in the history of art from the Courtauld Institute in London, looking at Michelangelo’s influence on his contemporaries, and is currently a freelance lecturer and writer. He has been a Fellow of institutions in Florence and Rome and is a member of the British Museum Graphic Arts Group.

He has written exhibition reviews and articles on Renaissance drawing, contemporary art, Anish Kapoor as a public sculptor, Leonardo da Vinci’s brush with the law over sodomy charges, and the reinvention of Michelangelo in the 19th century, amongst other topics. Kevin has travelled extensively in Europe, the Middle East, Southern Africa, and Central America. A new venture is a website dedicated to the culturally inquisitive traveller, 7-Wonders, to be launched in May 2012.

Entries by Kevin Childs

The Battle for Britain's Soul: Oscar Wilde, Socialism and Equality of Happiness

(0) Comments | Posted 29 May 2015 | (22:24)

What kind of country do we live in? This must be at the back of the minds of everyone listening to or reading the Queen's Speech, but is it the wrong question? Shouldn't we be asking what kind of world would bring us happiness? One premised on free-market capitalism where...

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Blood and Stone: Islamic State and the Fate of Palmyra

(1) Comments | Posted 21 May 2015 | (18:34)

Under cover of night a woman slipped through the lines of besieging troops who had surrounded the city of Palmyra in eastern Syria. The battles had been long and bloody. Many had fled before this point, but she had remained, only now persuaded to leave and live to fight on....

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Poets as Well as Plunderers: The British Museum's New Viking Exhibit Is a Hit And Miss Affair

(0) Comments | Posted 7 March 2014 | (18:18)

The problem with the British Museum's new show, Vikings: Life and Legend, isn't the, at times, lack-lustre exhibits, nor the repetitiveness of said exhibits - how many cloak pins and measuring weights do we have to see before we get the point - nor the, by now familiar...

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Lip Service To Celibacy In The Catholic Church

(1) Comments | Posted 5 March 2013 | (21:26)

A hypocrite, yes, but was it the strict rule on celibacy and sexual abstinence for the priesthood that was Cardinal Keith O'Brien's undoing? We all know the stories of clerical non-celibacy, from the ruthless progeny of the monstrous Borgia Pope Alexander VI to the peccadilloes of priests in...

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Love And Its Opponents: The Riddle of the Catholic Church's Stance On Gay Marriage

(0) Comments | Posted 6 February 2013 | (18:23)

There's a beautiful story in the Old Testament about two young men who meet and fall in love. Jonathan and David dedicate themselves to each other before their God in what is described as a covenant using words of great ceremony. Jonathan's father Saul is jealous of his son's lover...

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Redress, Persecution and Optimism: Welcome to the World of LGBT Rights in 2013

(7) Comments | Posted 31 December 2012 | (23:00)

In the week before the holidays Stephen Hawking and other top scientists published a letter to the UK Prime Minister asking that Alan Turing, the mathematician and Enigma code-breaker, be pardoned for his 1952 conviction for gross indecency (the then crime of consensual intimacy between men). It's an odd request....

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Call Me Kuchu: A Call for Tolerance and Understanding in Uganda

(0) Comments | Posted 3 November 2012 | (12:39)

The world has a new villain: of all the Leviticus-wielding, rights bruising, conscienceless crusaders in Catherine Fairfax Wright's and Malika Zouhali Worrall's inspirational new release Call Me Kuchu, Giles Muhame, Editor of the Ugandan newspaper Rolling Stone, stands out for his particular brand of foul play. What is his villainy?...

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Anglican Mainstream's Gay Myths Laid Bare

(21) Comments | Posted 26 October 2012 | (00:00)

At the recent Conservative Party Conference, Anglican Mainstream, which describes itself as an information resource for orthodox Anglicans, distributed leaflets attacking the Prime Minister's stand on gay marriage. This dishonest piece of graffiti, part of their campaign to promote what they call 'real marriage' by claiming to highlight certain 'gay...

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LGBTI Equality: The Lost Legacy of the London Games?

(47) Comments | Posted 7 September 2012 | (00:00)

The Australian diver Matthew Mitcham promised his fans on Twitter that, if he won gold in the London Olympics, he would skinny dive in the Aquatic Centre.

No medals for Mitcham this time round, but had he taken his nude plunge he would have been drawing on the...

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