The Turner Prize is important because it keeps the art world, the cultural scene awake. Yes. its atmosphere can be too full of art 'luvvies' and 'mavens' and the 'usual suspects' but they're easier to get rid of than the idea - and need - that art and culture matter. They do. They are what we are. What Laure Prouvost's installation entitled: 'Wantee' (punters put a sum total of £22 on her chances of winning, according to Ladbrokes ) demonstrates, too, is that big, bad Mighty London with its critics/punters/experts/buyers doesn't always get it right.
The Snowman is a wonderful alternative to the usual Christmas entertainment for children of either clichéd pantomimes or The Nutcracker ballet, which can go over the heads of many children.
It's London, 2013. In pursuit of inspiration, fresh thinking and contemporary salon-style cross pollination of art, architecture, life and design, the one place to seek out new talent - is COUP.
Now seems the perfect time to look at the relationship between owls and literature, from the sweetly befuddled Wol in Winnie the Pooh to the flesh hungry killers of Titus Groan...
Iby was born in Czechoslovakia, where she was excluded from school for being Jewish. She was later smuggled over the border into Hungary, where she ended up working for the Hungarian resistance in Budapest. She was eventually captured and taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau. Iby is a remarkable lady and to have her in front of us sharing her story was truly captivating.
The life of a ghost-writer is never a dull one. Earlier this year I visited a prison in Hull to meet with convicted murderer Kevin Lane, who has served 19 years of a life sentence. He wanted me to help him with his book.
Winning the Bruntwood Prize will change my life on all levels; from knowing that my play YEN will be developed right down to not having to pay RBS forty quid a month for the privilege of having their bloody overdraft.
So what's the book about? It's based around the idea that phone boxes are essentially small enchanted places where almost anything can happen. You pick up a ringing phone and your life changes. And God help you if you get trapped in one.
Everyone knows that children's literature can't possibly be high quality, right? It doesn't count as proper literary fiction, does it? It can't make people consider big issues or challenge ideas of genre, can it? This week, the University of Kent's creative writing programme embarrassed itself by its advertising strategy, followed by a series of rather ignorant tweets.
By recognising that people with disabilities were active in determining their own futures in the past, we can begin to challenge current ideas about people with disabilities which reduce them to being viewed as passive or helpless.
Six cyclists have been killed on the London roads in the last fortnight. He has been cycling in London on a bike with no brakes for eight years. He observes no irony. He gave up skid braking after his knees began to fail, and developed his patent Doc Martin brakes.
For every track I listen to, and for every new musical genre I discover and fall in love with, I am forever thankful to those people who first exposed me to music; in all its' culturally-significant, happiness-inducing, memory-evoking brilliance.
Both a modern day ghost story and a Victorian chiller, The Room Beyond weaves two time frames together to unravel the secrets of one aristocratic family over a century. The action is centered around a West London mansion, with endless corridors full of lingering whispers.
'Do you think Father Christmas will bring me this book?' asks little Shaye Lee. Not surprised by her fascination with I Wonder, I suggest adding the title to her Christmas list.
Bogota has emerged in the last decade as a one of the megacities in Latin America with the highest development and growth index, characterised by a multicultural complexity coexisting with enormous problems of social gaps and security.
The Church is "one generation away from extinction," he declares. The reality is less dramatic, but the story is not altogether wrong. Young adults in Britain are far less likely than their parents and grandparents to have a religious identity. The Church of England in particular has been squeezed hard by the trend away from religion.