Where do you go then if you want to understand the DPRK and its 25 million citizens? The answer is literature. The catalogue of North Korea-centred writing is burgeoning right now and many books in the catalogue are very good. With this in mind, here's a selection of six of the best.
"There's a good book in everyone!" How many times have we heard that? As an author and ghost-writer I hear it more often than most and I normally smile and politely nod my head. I think most people see through me because I'm not a good liar but quite simply there isn't a good book in everyone despite what people think.
Any visitor will be struck by two observations: first, despite a lack of admissions charge, museums are battling for visitors, with their ice rink and glorious facades; and second the Natural History Museum is winning.
New year: it's the time for re-invention, re-discovery and resolutions. One of our resolutions is always to do more, learn more, see more. What better time than the New Year to take stock, to reflect, and to look forward. This is what we, at London Art Studies, are looking forward to in London in 2016.
I went to the theatre quite a lot this year, mainly because I couldn't get tickets for the final One Direction concert. In lieu of throwing my pants at Harry Styles here are the best things I saw in 2015.
While I can laugh now, the portrayal of dwarfism in pop culture and entertainment can be damaging to young people coping with their condition in vulnerable early years. Growing up there were few, if any, positive role models in mainstream culture.
Reducing an 80,000-word book to two hours of visual entertainment while keeping all the main story-lines, the humour, the dark psychology of Dorian and maintaining a dramatic narrative was challenging.
There's a reason why authors have been revered throughout the ages and held in high regard. It's because most books are seventy-thousand to ninety-thousand words long, and writing them takes unusually high levels of tenacity, persistence and perseverance. If it was easy, everyone would be doing it.
From kicking back in a salsa bar to learning about local cuisine in a cooking class, Puerto Rico is a hotbed of cultural experiences, and whilst we love whiling away the day on a spectacular beach, we can never resist the opportunity to sample some local life. Here are some of our favourite local Puerto Rican experiences...
Québec is the perfect destination for those looking for that romantic winter wonderland. Steeped in history and traditional French culture, whether you're drawn to the twinkling lights of Old Québec or the magnificent mountains that surround it, this snowy haven is our destination of choice this winter.
Barcelona is the city with it all. Culture at every turn, glorious food and a fantastic beach, for when you've had enough of the sight-seeing and just want to flop on the sand and catch some rays. Here's my top five things to do whilst visiting Barcelona. Plus I've thrown in one place that's a dud, so best to give this a miss.
I've been telling all my friends to read this book immediately, because Jeremy Gavron's portrait of his mother Hannah is probably one of the greatest pieces of writing I've been fortunate enough to read in my 25 bookish years.
2015 was a great year for art shows in the capital. That blend continues into 2016, along with the platforming of diverse artists, showcasing works from those who are not household names, alongside those who most definitely are. There is plenty to look forward to.
London-based Greek sculptor Kalliopi Lemos loves creating things in threes. It gives her a wider expression of the same idea. For more than a decade, ...
Alexander Calder was truly one of the ground-breaking artists of the 20th Century, a sculptor who revolutionised the art form through his creation of mobiles - sculpture that was not restrained within inert, static objects, but instead dynamic, ever-changing works to be experienced in real-time.