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These letters were published in the 26th December edition of the Independent

John Walsh: We should cherish poetry, not kill it

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.

Funds slashed for hundreds of arts groups

Hundreds of theatres, galleries and other organisations are to lose some, or all, of their public funding because of Government spending cuts.

200 arts bodies nervously await funding axe

Craig Hassall, the managing director of the English National Ballet (ENB), will spend this morning at his office computer surrounded by his senior team, nervously waiting for an email.

Leading article: Our cultural fabric must be preserved

Today will be a traumatic day for Britain's arts organisations. The Arts Council, the quango that distributes state subsidies to them, will announce swingeing cuts as it passes on government reductions to its budget.

Maureen Lehane: Celebrated mezzo-soprano who dedicated herself to the Jackdaws Music Trust

Although she became a widely admired mezzo-soprano, the musical talents of Maureen Lehane weren't encouraged during her schooldays at Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School in Barnet, but her supportive parents sent her to private singing lessons.

Independent Foreign Fiction Prize: Latin America is back with a boom

During our hard-fought but well-mannered judging sessions for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, we spend too much time inspecting individual trees ever to spot the shape of the emerging wood. So I left the meeting at which we hammered out the long-list for this year's £10,000 prize happy merely that the judges – Harriett Gilbert, MJ Hyland, Catriona Kelly, Neel Mukherjee and myself – had picked 15 titles that between them represent the best, and broadest, sample of new fiction in translation that one could could hope to set before a British readership.

Rupert discovers there's Goold in the bard with new touring production of A Midsummer Night's Dream

A new touring production of A Midsummer Night's Dream set in a film studio quotes Popeye's "Spinach Song", a snippet of Bellini's "Casta Diva" and The Clovers' "Love Potion No 9".

Poor teachers make poetry a bore for pupils, claims Motion

Subject has same cachet as clog dancing, former poet laureate tells Richard Garner

Arts workshop opens doors

The first phase of a £60m creative industries production park opens today on the 14-acres of grade II-listed High House Farm in Purfleet, Essex.

Arts Council warns of 'severe cuts'

Arts Council-funded organisations will have an across-the-board cut of almost 7% in their grants next year, it was announced today.

The 50 best museums & galleries

From secret spooks at Bletchley Park to sartorial splendour at the V&A, Rhiannon Batten presents the essential guide to the nation’s finest art, hidden history and coolest culture

The Gleek's guide to keeping fit

Who needs aerobics when you can tone your body with high-energy dance routines from 'Glee'? Holly Williams plasters on a stage smile and gets on down

Cutting edge: radical arts funding

Britain's creative output is hugely imaginative. But when it comes to funding, the arts world is one of the most conservative industries in the country. David Lister, arts editor, argues that reducing budgets could radicalise culture

David Cameron: Cuts will net 'prize' of stronger economy

Prime Minister David Cameron today insisted there was "light at the end of the tunnel" if his Government pushed through drastic spending cuts, with the prospect of a stronger economy as a result.

Arts Quangos: A threat to our cultural life

If you abolished all quangos, the arts in Britain would pretty much cease to exist in their current form. Because governments since 1945 have conformed to the "arms length principle" by which it is deemed improper for ministers to take direct control of culture, much of the funding and basic administration of the arts has been carried out by unelected quangos.

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