Drum And Bass

When Goldie went to Buckingham Palace

TV personality, painter, drum'n'bass star Goldie can seemingly do anything – even meet the Queen. He talks to Andy Brassell on the eve of his latest release

The Secret History Of: Lucienne Day's Calyx fabric

As the Southbank Centre launched its celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Festival of Britain this week, it seems fitting to recall the secret history of one of Britain's most important textile designers, who came to prominence during the festival.

Cultural Life: Polly Stenham, playwright

Theatre: I loved E V Crowe's 'Kin' at the Royal Court last year. A crazy, dystopian vision of two 10-year-old girls at boarding school, it was dark and disturbing. The two actresses, Madison Lygo and Maya Gerber, put in phenomenal performances. There's something really transgressive about seeing young children live on stage when they should really be in bed.

Example, Koko, London

"I wanna see someone jump off the balcony for this one," 28-year-old Fulham rapper Example (aka Elliot Gleave, who took his stage name from his initials EG) says mischievously.

Goldie: Born to shine

He grew up in care homes to become a pioneer of rave culture and – today – a composer for the Proms. How has he done it?