These letters were published in the 26th December edition of the Independent
Arts Council Of England
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Wednesday 20 June 2012
Arts bodies will have to broadcast performances and exhibitions live on a new digital arts “channel” in return for receiving government money, under a radical funding shake-up proposed by Jeremy Hunt.
Wednesday 30 May 2012
A High Court challenge to a plan to redevelop the Victorian house where Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote The Hound Of The Baskervilles has succeeded.
Saturday 19 May 2012
Blooms of Darkness by Aharon Appelfeld has won this year's Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. The Israeli author, who shares the £10,000 award with his translator Jeffrey M Green, is the first writer in Hebrew to take the leading British honour for fiction in translation and, 80 this year, he is also the oldest winner
Tuesday 01 May 2012
Music fans will be able to rifle through the contents of John Peel's record collection as the late DJ's huge archive begins to be opened to the public from today.
Sunday 29 April 2012
It is a record collection that any vinyl enthusiast would covet. From obscure German techno to Appalachian folk music, to the latest sounds in the rock and pop world; the thousands of carefully catalogued albums owned by the late DJ John Peel literally have something for everyone.
Friday 13 April 2012
"When I tell people I crotchet animals they immediately lose interest," says Leicestershire-based artist Shauna Richardson. But in her hands, the quaint and grannyish technique of crochet is in no way dull. She calls her craft "crochetdermy", a mashing of words that neatly describes the knitting of life-size animal heads that can be mounted on walls.
Friday 13 April 2012
It called for soul-searching and sacrifice but, after much impassioned debate, the shortlist for this year's Independent Foreign Fiction Prize took the shape that you see here. If anything, the panel of judges – Xiaolu Guo, Jon Cook, Nick Barley, Hephzibah Anderson and myself – had to contend with an embarrassment of riches. Whatever our perennial regrets about the limited quantity of fiction brought into English from other languages, the quality of translations felt as bold and bright as ever. In Britain, we owe so much of our view of global fiction to independent publishers of various shapes and sizes. Responsible for around two-thirds of all submissions for the Independent prize, they contribute five out of the six titles on this list – although I ought to stress that neither commercial nor geographical provenance ever sways the decision.
Thursday 12 April 2012
Business Secretary Vince Cable today weighed into the increasingly bitter row over Chancellor George Osborne's controversial cap on tax relief for charitable donations.
Sunday 26 February 2012
'We swim in the Cam, but only for 30 seconds, otherwise we'd go blue'
Geraint Bowen: Archdruid of Wales who campaigned against nuclear dumping and championed Welsh-language television
Friday 05 August 2011
As Archdruid of Wales from 1979 to 1981, Geraint Bowen was renowned for his hard-hitting speeches from the Logan Stone in the ceremonies of the Assembly of Bards of the Isle of Britain (the Gorsedd). Not only did he speak out against the Anglicisation of Wales and in defence of the Welsh language, as Archdruids are expected to do, but also lent his authority to the campaign for a fourth television channel broadcasting in Welsh and against the burying of nuclear waste. In this he ran the risk of upsetting some of the more pusillanimous officers of the National Eisteddfod, to which the Gorsedd is closely affiliated.
Friday 29 July 2011
Thursday 07 April 2011
Skream, Benga and Artwork give the inside track on their meteoric rise at the Volvo Snowbombing festival in Austria.
Thursday 07 April 2011
It's spring and everything is new, or at least the old stuff has been shuffled around a bit. Radcliffe and Maconie have gone to 6 Music, Fi Glover has left Saturday Live and the BBC has decided to make a virtue of déjà vu by rebranding BBC 7 as Radio 4 Extra. This new network is plainly designed to up the numbers listening on DAB, in which the BBC is heavily invested, but the mix makes you wonder exactly who it's for. Is it people who like Hancock and the Goons, in other words Prince Charles? But then I can't imagine Prince Charles tuning in for Arthur Smith's Balham Bash, amusing though it is, or indeed the strange melange of stories and interviews in The 4 O'Clock Show, which wants an "audience of all ages" – ie children. Then again the star of the new line-up is Ambridge Extra, which being focused on the junior Archers might suggest a bid for the youth vote. But as it turns out, existing Archers fans need not fear. The first episode, in which Alice and Chris's long-distance marriage starts to come unstuck and Kirsty tries to organise a fun run, is recognisably the same series. No one whinges like an Archer whinges, no matter what age they are.
Saturday 02 April 2011
Thursday 31 March 2011
You won't, I suspect, get many hoodied and snarling protesters attacking policemen with Molotov cocktails at the news that the Poetry Book Society has lost its Arts Council of England grant. But that doesn't stop it being a disgraceful decision by the ACE's Literature Department.
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