I've been nominated for that social media challenge of picking ten books which affected me or shaped me in some way- and there's a challenge to savour. A week's thinking and a bit of writing later, here it is. Plots thankfully recovered.
Chimene Suleyman, a London-born poet, journalist and essayist of Turkish heritage, has produced Outside Looking On, a debut collection of poems for Influx Press; a very fine piece of work which, given its timing, captures London at a pivotal moment in its history.
I remember coming back from my Aunt's in my brother's red Ford Escort in 1978. I remember the blistering heat and the smell of hot plastic and then We Are Family came on the radio, and suddenly everyone started singing the song at the top of their voices. I just remember this deep visceral feeling of happiness and being completely and utterly safe.
I think we can safely say that I never expected to see a mermaid fossil at the Science Museum. Nor photographs of a snake with legs or a flying monkey with a unicorn's horn. But welcome to the weird and wonderful world of Joan Fontcuberta and the new Stranger than Fiction exhibition of his work.
So as you have probably heard. An 'artist' named Brett Bailey thinks it is creative and innovative to showcase black humans in a mock zoo for the entertainment of white 'liberals' at the Barbican Centre... This 21st Century recreation of the very real human zoos is disgusting, deplorable and aims to do none of the things its supporters claim it does. I'll explain why.
Important in and of itself, a craft education isn't just about creating beautiful objects. It has a vital role to play in wider industry, helps with problem-solving (as Matthew Crawford illustrated in his best-seller The Case for Working with Your Hands), and contributes to general cognitive development.
Be in no doubt - the decisions taken in Scotland will have profound implications on all of us. In Wales, we want you to stay. You help us give balance to our United Kingdom in culture, as much as in economics.
The Late Turner exhibition at the Tate Britain is the first ever museum exhibition of the later works in Turner's career. The works he produced in his 60s and 70s were some of his most remarkable as his understanding of light and colour, which he'd developed throughout his career, reached its climax.
Travelling from state to state can often feel like entering a whole new country. It's food, the people, architecture, the weather, literally everything may seem completely world's away from wherever you might have just been. Though you may have just ventured mere miles in reality.
I was a war child and I was born into a poor family. Growing up was tough and I know what it is like to struggle. I also know how lucky I am to have got to where I am today. This is why I think if you are in a position to give back, you should...
As an entrepreneur, therapist, husband, father of two and fitness fanatic, I think it's fair to say that I have a fairly pressure sensitive lifestyle, and fully understand the working pressures and difficulties that most men have when it comes to "attempting" to achieve a work-life-balance.
The British accessories fashion designer Lulu Guinness OBE shares her top ten moments where the worlds of art and fashion collide following a recent visit to Mondrian and his Studios at Tate Liverpool...
Art is all about taking risks - about reaching into the dark without knowing what you're going to find. So if the North, the Arts, or the positive combination thereof are abstract clouds on your mind's horizon, I dare you to make them real. Go on. Who knows, you might be pleasantly, shockingly surprised.
Recently, there has been an explosion of A-List celebrities and YouTube megastars gaining their own book deals, with the likes of publishing giants such as Penguin. From teen idols Kendall and Kylie Jenner to online sensation Zoe Sugg, announcements seem to be springing up from everywhere about a new piece of fiction, written by your favourite pop star.
The show took shape after a meeting with a defrocked Buddhist monk, ironically named Mr Rong, who felt his disability was a direct result of bad karma incurred during a past life. This shocked Ms Cunningham and kick started a search for the truth behind faith and disability.
This year would be Shakespeare's 450th birthday. If he were still alive, his cake would be massive and doing the bumps would take two and a half hours.