Nowadays, libraries are unfortunately losing their appeal to the new generations. How can a visit to the library compete with playing Minecraft on an iPad?
Somerset has for instance already approved plans to slash its mobile library service by more than half. Staffordshire county Council is also considering cutting its six mobile libraries and closing 24 of its 43 static libraries.
Spring's here and the self-publishing sap is surging with three unmissable events...
I often think about where a talent in mathematics comes from? Is it a side effect of having Aspergers? If I can't understand the society around me, Maths might seem like the easiest subject to relate to. A pure subject, untainted by human bias.
Sotto Voce, an art exhibition at the on until the 18th of April, in Bond Street, London, had the ambitious idea of investigating these simultaneous events when artists started experimenting with the abstract white relief with a focus on the 1930s to 1970s.
s someone who loves exploring foreign languages, I like having a name that could be directly translated in any language. It's my way of accepting different cultures, embracing them, and attempting to blend in.
Arts charity IdeasTap has announced it's being forced to close due to lack of funding. The organisation's disappearance will leave a gaping hole in the UK's support network for young artists. Doing anything at all - paid or unpaid - in the creative industries is hard enough.
After six years, the picture for the arts is still gloomy. Further funding cuts are coming. The cost of higher education is now dauntingly high. The recent Warwick Report suggests that the arts are not catered for by government agencies, and that arts education is steadily being marginalised.
Chhimi Tenduf-La's debut novel, 'The Amazing Racist', was released worldwide in January by Hatchette India. The book follows the trials and tribulations of Eddie Trusted, an English school teacher in Colombo...
Inventing Impressionism at the National Gallery is an enjoyable, romantic exhibition on Impressionism that showcases over 85 works from this popular period of art. Monets and Renoirs hang alongside works from Pissarro and Degas, early Manets scatter the rooms and there's even a Rodin statue.
Here's a question: can you name me five female writers from history? Of course you can: Charlotte Brontë, Jane Austen, George Eliot, Edith Wharton, Virginia Woolf... OK, next question. Can you name me five female composers?
Would you accept a job knowing you had a probably life expectancy of six weeks? Me neither. Yet, during the Second World War many women did just that. Having been trained by undercover agencies, such as the Special Operations Executive (SOE), they were smuggled into countries occupied by the German Reich tasked to gather intelligence...
The big new exhibition at the Southbank Centre in London "History is Now" is meant to address British postwar history. It does not do so. As a Scot who voted 'No' in the referendum I found the experience of visiting this show profoundly depressing.
Do you devour history and historical fiction books? Then you're in for a feast in the next few months, as some of the most talented writers in these genres unveil their latest work.
The sexual nature of these books has aroused a storm of criticism and the eroticism is certainly problematic. Yet deciding where acceptable boundaries lie in this area is very difficult; after all, throughout history the Church has frequently found Song of Songs in the Bible to be too hot to handle.
The Serpentine Galleries have two new shows that each in their own way contemplate the abuse of power. Leon Golub is the elder statesman of this type of political art, though the phrase the Abuse of Power comes as no surprise is a well known Jenny Holzer work.