I'm sat in a coffee shop on Brick Lane, desperately trying, but failing to be productive. It's a Saturday in April, and the bitterly cold air is heavy with the sort of enticing energy that can only be formed when the scent of roasting beans, and the fulfilled promise of free wifi collide...
I found it oddly comfortable to return to writing a heroine rather than a hero - my first female lead since I wrote The Chosen One, published under my pseudonym, Sam Bourne, in 2010. I instantly felt at ease, guided by that sense that I knew Madison - how she would think, how she would speak, even how she would try to get to sleep in the long, slow hours of the night.
My debut novel was sold to my UK publisher in October 2014, it will be first published in January 2016. And that's not abnormal, far from it. So, what happens in this year plus change?
When William M. Hoffman's play 'As Is' was first performed in New York 30 years ago, it was hailed by critics as being the most powerful play of the year, and the first of it's kind.
Hats off to the The Motherf**ker with the Hat, a motherfu**king powerful play that's well worth catching during its London premiere run this month and next at the National Theatre.
Emily Young is regarded as Britain's greatest living stone sculptor. Not for her the pristine slabs of Carrara marble. She revels in those ragged off-cuts that lay at the back of old stone quarries near her home in Tuscany, sometimes wearing, as she puts it, dark overcoats of disguise.
Tonic Theatre was created in 2011 with an aim to support theatre in achieving greater gender equality in its workforces and repertoires and now they have created Platform, a new initiative that seeks to tackle the same issue from the grassroots level of youth drama.
My practice is all about displacing people and ideas from their natural habitats, prizing them out of their comfortable environment to see w...
Anybody building a career anywhere in the arts or communications should have at least a topline look at Twitch with an uncynical eye because nobody - absolutely nobody - is communicating with their fanbase on the same level as these streamers.
Written by Hannah Khalil and directed by Audrey Sheffield, The Scar Test is set within Yarl's Wood and based on verbatim interviews of its former and present detainees. According to the interviews upon which the play is based, much of what goes on at Yarl's Wood is appalling...
Summer in London is all about lazing in parks with an ice cream, heading to festivals and trying to avoid packed Tube journeys where you end up far too close to a perspiring commuter's armpit. It's also full of good opportunities to cool off in an unusual exhibition, finally visit a museum you've never been to, or try out an event you wouldn't normally consider.
I have often thought that among contemporary institutions - prisons and mental hospitals - you will find interesting art. Art often does not recognise the same mental health barriers that we maintain in society.
Barbara Hepworth was inspired by her landscape. She loved how she was carving out stones and wood that nature had already shaped before her. Her pieces are nurturing, soulful, and seem so inextricably linked to the earth. What a shame therefore that the dusty cases and bare walls are a million miles away from the protective landscapes she so admired.
For more than eighty years the British Council has recognised the value of cultural heritage across the globe, so the announcement that the British government will ratify the Hague Convention, as well as committing to a new fund to help protect cultural heritage, is very welcome.
If more people are going to see films like 'A Sinner in Mecca' then we need the world of religious documentaries to evolve. So is there a potential for religious documentaries to go online? Yes!
Silkscreen prints, sculptural pieces and paintings are laid out like Stations of the Cross, around an altar, with a series of surgical images of a body scarred with stigmata-like wounds hung above the visitor, in place of the crucified Christ.