Nick Clark

Nick Clark is the arts correspondent of The Independent. He joined the newspaper in June 2007, initially reporting on the stock markets. He has covered beats including the City, and technology, media and telecoms and made the switch to arts in December 2011. He has also contributed articles to the sports section.

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Michael Frayn at home in Petersham, south west London, Britain

The Independent Bath Literature Festival: Michael Frayn’s Hard Problem with Stoppard and his ‘stupid’ audiences

Michael Frayn said that Tom Stoppard should 'make things clear', after Stoppard complained of having to rewrite a scene three times in his new play The Hard Problem

Campbell: ‘Sometimes you have to be economical with the truth’

Alastair Campbell's guide to political success: never lie, but don't always tell the truth

Tony Blair's former spin doctor says MPs should study tactics of leading sports figures like Chelsea manager José Mourinho

The Independent Bath Literature Festival will stage Ted Hughes: A Tribute this year

The Independent Bath Literature Festival: Book lovers flock to Bath to celebrate Ted Hughes

On its 20th anniversary, the festival will stage Ted Hughes: A Tribute, with luminaries including a poet dubbed the Hughes 'for the next generation'

The issue of online ticket touts overcharging fans has been increasingly criticised by artists from the rock band Iron Maiden, left, to comedian Stewart Lee, right, who both called for a crackdown on the practice

Online ticket touts may face £5,000 fines under law to stop rip-off prices

Government forced into U-turn over ‘free market’ after protests from artists and buyers

Bystander apathy applies to online bullying too, scientists find

90 per cent so-called “cyberstanders” failed to act

Sony World Photography Awards: First sight of a possible award winner

Judges are going through record 177,444 images

Ed Miliband has said that Labour would establish a committee on the arts, culture and creative industries

Ed Miliband: Labour will put arts at 'the heart' of government

Labour leader pledges to "strengthen creative education in schools and after-school clubs"

UK Living Wage is £7.65 per hour in November 2013

Areas of Britain are ‘salary blackspots’, say trade unions

Analysis of official figures from the House of Commons Library shows one in five jobs overall in Britain pays less than the living wage

Muhammad Ali after throwing the ‘phantom punch’ at Sonny Liston during their rematch in 1965

Muhammad Ali’s ‘phantom punch’ gloves sell for nearly $1m

The gloves were bought by an anonymous bidder for $956,000

Hilary Mantel’s novel was judged to have changed the landscape

Wolf Hall outstanding novel of our time, say Bath Festival judges

Marking the 20th anniversary of the Bath Literature Festival, now The Independent Bath Literature Festival, Hilary Mantel’s Booker Prize-winning novel was deemed the overall winner

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