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.
if mass popularism of BDSM is coming, some of our friends and acquaintances are going to get into it, or come out that they're already into it. Then, being supportive friends, it's going to impact our life too. With Fifty Shades of Grey as a point of reference, we'll get theme park BDSM.
In America, Tom Paine's writings spurred the revolution for independence. Or closer to our own time; consider how the Nazis burnt books of which that they were scared. It's easy to see that books have power if they are being fought over because of the ideas they contain.
When everybody is trying to understand today how Jihadi John made the transition from a shy nice kid to a cold merciless killer, music composer Purcell and playwriter John Dryden already attempted to grasp such a thorny issue in the late 1600s.
There's a rush on at Hobbycraft, Facebook is filled with kids in cardboard, and A&E is experiencing higher than average craft-glue related injuries. Yes folks it's World Book Day, the date circled red on every parent's calendar
I am aware that exams and qualifications are the currency of success these days; it is how it is. But that is the easy path is it not? We can coach, we can cram, we can meet the bright but reluctant working class scholar half-way by softening the questions. Then we can celebrate.
Apathy is a strange curse. I recently conversed with a friend over the diminishing motivation of my generation. It's not that we're lazy, nor are we disinterested in the workings of our planet, but there is a heightened degree of the 'It will never happen' attitude.
I recently had the good fortune to play the sole female character, 'Curley's Wife' in Steinbeck's classic Of Mice and Men at Birmingham Repertory Theatre.