Rob Sharp is a freelance journalist specialising in arts and culture. He was on staff at The Independent from July 2007 to December 2011, first as a features writer, and then as the paper’s arts correspondent. He has written for a wide range of newspapers and magazines. For more information visit his website, www.robsharp.com or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
28 November 2011 12:00 AM
It is the ultimate middle-class nightmare, and likely to cause mayhem in the aisles: Waitrose has sold out of its Heston Blumenthal's Hidden Orange Christmas puddings, forcing desperate customers to bid up to £150 for the desserts on eBay.
26 November 2011 12:00 AM
Comedian earns acclaim for musical adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic surreal novel Matilda
22 November 2011 10:00 AM
The ultimate symbol of the art world's excesses will form the centrepiece of the first major British retrospective of Damien Hirst's work next year at Tate Modern. For the Love of God, the diamond-encrusted skull which notoriously sold for £50m in 2007 to a consortium which included Hirst himself, will be housed in the gallery's huge turbine hall for nearly three months. As the world struggles with economic troubles, some of the artist's best-known works, many of which have sold for millions, have been chosen to showcase British art during London's Olympic year.
22 November 2011 12:00 AM
Tate Modern will host the artist's first British retrospective next year. But critics are divided about whether he deserves it
19 November 2011 12:00 AM
Poet Laureate's work is enshrined by Leeds school in a giant wood-cut artwork
18 November 2011 10:00 AM
A man has been arrested after a set of Bronze Age earthworks more than 4,000 years old were vandalised.
17 November 2011 12:00 AM
A High Court judge has ruled proposed library closures in Somerset and Gloucestershire are "unlawful", reversing the decision to close them and creating fresh hope for those seeking to challenge library service cutbacks nationwide.
16 November 2011 12:00 AM
Christie Watson makes Costa shortlist only three years after quitting job to study creative writing
15 November 2011 12:00 AM
A battle has broken out on the high street after bookshops attacked charity shops for using tax breaks to undercut them.
12 November 2011 12:00 AM
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New theory could prove how life began and disprove God
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'Jihadi John': CAGE representative storms off Sky News accusing Kay Burley of Islamophobia
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
Russia's roadmap for annexing eastern Ukraine 'leaked from Vladimir Putin's office'
Ukraine crisis: Top Chinese diplomat backs Putin and says West should 'abandon zero-sum mentality'
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