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.
Obsessiveness leads to knowledge and eventually to mastery that, in turn, provides the practitioner with an authority that provides the foundation for leadership. That's as true for Bill Gates, Larry Page or Steve Jobs as it is for Pep Guardiola, Arsene Wenger or, indeed, Sir Alex himself.
The arts are returning to the province of white, middle class men. This is the common hunch that was confirmed on Monday of this week in a report on diversity in and access to the arts by an industry organisation.
I have just returned from an enjoyable week in Wrocław, where I was advancing a research project on provincial cultural life in the Third Reich by ex...
Some (men) say that Pinter has just as much disdain for men. His male characters vary from a bit pathetic to utterly cruel. But the point is that the leverage they have in the world comes from more than what's between their legs.
In a world of increased polarisation between cultures, anything that lowers barriers is important. I joined VSO as chief executive in March of this year and in that time I have seen enough to convince me that there has never been a more important time to encourage people to volunteer internationally.
Peter Mair's superb short book Ruling the Void is rightly regarded as the essential text on the subject of disaffection with mainstream politics.