Cultural Life - Will Young
Friday 01 January 2010
'The Map of Me: True Tales of Mixed Heritage'; 'The Swimming Pool Library' by Alan Hollinghurst; and tons of short stories for the BBC National Short Story Awards, for which I was a judge last month.
I'm listening to The xx, Golden Silvers, Chet Baker and Shirley Bassey.
I am not watching any TV at the moment as I'm on tour, but I shall slumber down in the New Year to watch the 'EastEnders' omnibus. I have just finished season two of '24'.
Just watched 'Into The Wild' and 'The Beat That My Heart Skipped', both fantastic films.
Theatre, dance and opera
The last piece I went to was a modification of 'The Rite of Spring' by the Ballet Boyz. Very modern and different; Michael Nunn and William Trevitt staged a radical new interpretation. I hope to do a dance piece next.
I went to the Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow. I had unfortunately just missed their exhibition on gay art featuring David Hockney and Robert Mapplethorpe, among others. The good news, though, was that there was an really interesting Impressionism show on.
Arts & Ents blogs
Britain's top vet sparks controversy with call for ban on slashing animals' throats in 'ritual' slaughters for halal and kosher meat products
Exclusive: Impact of immigrants on British workers ‘negligible’
Katie Hopkins continues campaign to become Britain's most hated talking head with poorly timed Bob Crow tweet
Ukraine crisis: Russia pledges to 'retaliate against sanctions' as Ukrainian president says Crimea vote will not be recognised
The quiet diplomat: Catherine Ashton - recognised and admired in all the world’s troubled countries, yet ridiculed at home
Grace Dent: Who cares if she spells it Barraco Barner? Gemma Worrall is more employable than some bookish arts graduate
- 1 Bad cattitude: Family call police after crazed and 'hostile cat with a history of violence' attacks baby before attempting to 'flee custody'
- 2 Family forced to flee home after discovering 'terrifying' nest of spiders in bananas
- 3 First Kiss: Filmmaker gets 20 strangers to make out on YouTube with awkward results
- 4 Grace Dent: Who cares if she spells it Barraco Barner? Gemma Worrall is more employable than some bookish arts graduate
- 5 Bob Crow death: 'Admired by his members, feared by employers' - Tributes pour in for RMT union leader and 'working class hero' Bob Crow