Understandably the findings of a recent Attitude Survey - that people in the UK are reporting that they have more racist attitudes in 2013 than before - has been the subject of comment and debate. But how useful is this information?
Bakersfield Mist is a short, fairly enjoyable play that battles clichés and unbelievable set-ups as it tries to make a point about art, education and the patronising exclusivity and arrogance of the art world.
Valerie Smith's 'On the Edge of Insanity' is a harrowing new memoir, which charts one woman's journey from abuse victim to abuse survivor. The book brings to light an unbelievable but all too common statistic - that 70% of parents who were sexually abused as children go on to abuse their own child.
The media is not squeamish about calling out racist violence, or Islamophobia, or in fact any other form of bigotry which targets a specific group of human beings, even if the violence only takes the form of words, in which case it is labelled 'hate speech.'
Waiting Room has five 'orchestra alones' - each one, two and a half hours long. That might sound like a lot, but for well over 80 minutes of music, it doesn't actually equate to many run-throughs, let alone detailed examinations, of the nineteen movements that correspond to the different choreographic scenes.
This week's review of art on the streets focuses on pieces that comment and challenge the balance of power,submission and beauty in contemporary society.
It saddens me then, as a proud UK academic to say this, but it is probably time to abandon UK spelling and to adopt a standardised (sorry, standardized) format across the English-speaking world. UK English is set to go the way of Shakespearean English and continued resistance is probably futile.
This is a photobook, made over a period of 14 years, about her eldest son Stanley, now aged 17, who is autistic. Stanley was diagnosed in July 2000. As yet the book is not published, as Rosie needs funding in order to do so.
On Friday, 23 May 2014, Anoushka Shankar, a Grammy-nominated Indian Sitar player performed at the Royal Festival Hall, London, to a fully occupied audience of around nine hundred.
It's easy to think of Ai Weiwei and focus solely on the politics of his life and work which, of course, he intends to be considered and following his detention by the Chinese authorities in 2011 it is impossible not to. But one should not forget that Ai Weiwei is first and foremost a visual artist.
I love seeing peoples' reactions to my drawings. I enjoy the joy and surprise on their faces.' It's impossible not to notice Lafitte's passion for his work. 'I can't not draw!'
Just as Ayn Rand's Roark subversively demolishes the Corlandt building after promises are broken and his designs changed, these artists are undermining a society that no longer functions for the benefit of the common people. Their art not only brings home the reality of today's surveillance state, but asks, do we have to live this this?
As an author it is always nice to see one of your works top a specific category and I'm fortunate enough to have witnessed this a few times. I've topped the charts in Autobiographies (as a ghostwriter) Prisoners of War, and managed to scale the dizzy heights of the top ten with a crime fiction book and a true crime story.
Today sees the opening of the 28th Annual Reykjavik Arts Festival, a weekend set to be packed with art, theatre, film and exhibitions.
They're here for The Rifles (pictured above), an English band that has planted its flag in the business after eight years of hard graft. Currently midway through a UK and European tour, all four men understand the importance of the live circuit.
My first time in NY I had a terrible row. A director of Mallett at that time - it was 1996 - on arrival I was daunted by my first experience of serious jet lag. It was stupid o'clock in the morning, as far as I was concerned, when I sat down to dinner with my then boss Lanto Synge.