Joanne Harris, author of Chocolat, wrote a blog piece recently about the disturbing practice arising at some book festivals, where authors are not paid for appearing. Her rallying cry was taken up by the Bookseller and the Society of Authors, which recently published guidelines about the level at which authors should peg event fees.
The threat of nuclear annihilation seemed an ever present theme in the culture I absorbed growing up - it was there in the origin stories of the Daleks and the Incredible Hulk, it was there in Raymond Briggs' When the Wind Blows, it was there in Threads.
Magnificent Obsessions has a fascinating premise - to gain insight into the work of a number of post-war and contemporary artists from around the world through examination of their personal collections
Duchamp and his little cabal of antagonistic dada's wanted art to be a purely intellectual tool. Well, plenty of modern art, and certainly contemporary art, asks the audience to seek meaning from ostensibly nonsensical pieces and, for me, this is exciting and very rarely boring.
In the first of our 'quick 5' interview series, we catch up with seminal Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, about her work, her wardrobe and last night's dinner.
But it's not just the pervasive power of sexism that makes 'A Room of One's Own' so relevant. It's also the fact that it can spark passionate, and sometimes divisive discussions that we have to have about the way that men and women interact, and what it takes to ensure full gender equality.
Producing a photograph every day was and is hard. It forced us to be creative and get the best out of every day and situation. More than ever it made us realise the beauty that is all around us, and that even with a simple camera you can get beautiful pictures on a boring day.
Rarely do two artists so accomplished at combining the conceptual and the aesthetic exist, let alone exhibit together. Lee Ufan and Anish Kapoor's sh...
What was there to do on these two paradise islands? Other than swim, snorkel, walk their perimeter and relax on the beach... not very much! What a beautifully unfussy life! No one was in a hurry or clutching a mobile phone. There was no TV or radio blaring.
The run up to Easter was a good time to go to the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester to see the Cornelia Parker retrospective that hangs until 31st May. It was a good time because we are thinking about death and rebirth and the cruelty of human beings to one another.
Santiago Taccetti likes to do things the wrong way. In fact, he has literally made an art of it. His new and first solo exhibition in the UK consists of a series of two-metre high white paintings. But far from manipulating the paint on the canvas in the way painters are supposed to do, Taccetti has produced paintings without paint.
One of the few things I have done right (eventually) was managing to get a deal with Harper Collins and having my debut novel "The Darkest Hour" published in the USA and UK. Finally, I did something right. Except I didn't. I made a ton of mistakes as a debut author... so I thought I would list them here...
Hull Children's University is a registered charity in of course, Hull. They're an incredible team of amazing people who dedicate themselves completely to giving the children of Hull and the surrounding areas amazing learning experiences.
Patrick Gale is the author seventeen novels, including the bestselling Notes from an Exhibition. His new novel, A Place Called Winter, is a sweeping historical epic set in the Canadian prairies that has been described as 'EM Forster meets Brokeback Mountain'.
But what has been remarkable about the BAC fire is not the extent of the damage, or the disruption to performances, or the loss of a space for South London communities. What is remarkable is the opposite: the spontaneous outpouring of love, compassion and support for BAC, the heartfelt warmth and goodwill that confirms the special place of this special organisation.
I read two or three books per week and have created a system of notation and filing that I want to share. It enables me to use what I've read, search what I've read and come back to it many years on.