News Ian Watkins wants to appeal the length of his sentence

Former Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins, who was handed a 35-year sentence for a string of child sex offences, has lodged an application for permission to appeal the length of his sentence.

Write and wrong: Authors Julia Crouch and Stella Duffy, left, find common ground

Let me get this straight ... or not: Stella Duffy and Julia Crouch on sexual identity

The novelists Stella Duffy (who is gay) and Julia Crouch (who is not) discuss issues of identity and authenticity that can arise when your lead character is a lesbian – and why authors should simply ignore them all

Sandstorm, By Lindsey Hilsum

From the slew of books on the Arab Spring, Hilsum’s account of Gaddafi’s fall stands out for background, detail and sheer readability.

Album review: Gary Clark Jr, Blak and Blu (Warner Bros)

Anointed even by Obama as "the future", young Texan blues guitarist Gary Clark Jr is widely viewed as heir apparent to such legends as Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan, a belief only partly confirmed by this debut album.

Ronnie Wood, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards perform a selection of classic hits

Ronnie Wood to persuade Rolling Stones to headline Glastonbury

Rolling Stones star Ronnie Wood has revealed he is planning to persuade the rest of the band to headline Glastonbury this year.

Album review: Darwin Deez, Songs for Imaginative People (Lucky Number)

Darwin Deez is hard quirk. The Brooklyn singer is someone you'd never want to be trapped in a lift with, so turned-up-to-11 is his personality, and Songs for Imaginative People ("for", you note, not "by") is essentially a They Might Be Giants record for hipsters.

Grand Theft Auto V pushed back to September 2013

Rockstar end GTA V release specualtion, but fans face a longer wait than they'd thought.

Simon Neil of Biffy Clyro performs on the main stage during day two of the Isle of Wight Festival 2010 at Seaclose Park

Biffy Clyro and System Of A Down added to Reading and Leeds festival line-up

The August gigs will be both Eminem and Biffy Clyro's only UK festival appearances this year

Album: Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba, Jama Ko (Out Here Records)

Mali is music, and this fact is exemplified by this master of the ngoni. The band's first album was all about texture and rhythmic complexity, their second introduced electricity and effects pedals.

The Joy of Essex: Travels through God's Own Country, By Pete May

This love-song to a scorned county has passion and warmth – but it could have shown more bottle.

Album review: Album review: Delphic, Collections (Polydor)

Well, here's a let-down. After the almost mind-blowing magnificence of their synthpop debut album Acolyte, the Stockport band appear to have suffered a catastrophic loss of nerve.

Album review: Biffy Clyro, Opposites (14th Floor)

There's a scene in Grandma's House in which Simon Amstell is informed by Clive, his ghastly father-in-law to be, "I tell you who's a great band: Biffy Clyro. Down-to-earth guys and grrreat tunes." The Kilmarnock trio won't have too much trouble living down that implied insult, their likely audience crossover with smart Jewish sitcoms being minimal.

Fleetwood Mac's Stevie Nicks

Album review: Fleetwood Mac, Rumours: Super Deluxe Remastered Version (Rhino)

Pitch-perfect pop before they went their own way

Album review: Various Artists, Reason to Believe: the Songs of Tim Hardin (Full Time Hobby)

Just as he was, by all accounts, an unpleasant man blessed with enviably beautiful gifts, so do Tim Hardin's songs clothe often unwelcome sentiments in gorgeous melodies.

Thom Yorke of Radiohead during the band's legendary Glastonbury performance in 1997

Radiohead's Thom Yorke might not like David Cameron. But if music is art, and art is for all, then the singer is demeaning his own work

Plus: politicians embracing culture, and a wonderful Manet exhibition

Album review: Adam Ant, Adam Ant is the Bluback Hussar... (Blueblack Hussar Records)

What most people know about Adam Ant's troubled 21st century is that he threw a car alternator through a pub window, waved a gun around and got sectioned. What fewer realise is he's been working on a comeback album. He's self-aware enough to acknowledge the situation in swamp-glam lead single "Cool Zombie" (interest declared: I'm in the video), with its references to "not playing with a full deck", and on Blueblack Hussar's title track, wherein he admits: "You know me, I go too far."

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Syrian conflict is the world's first 'climate change war', say scientists, but it won't be the last one

Climate change key in Syrian conflict

And it will trigger more war in future
How I outwitted the Gestapo

How I outwitted the Gestapo

My life as a Jew in wartime Berlin
The nation's favourite animal revealed

The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
Is this the way to get young people to vote?

Getting young people to vote

From #VOTESELFISH to Bite the Ballot
Poldark star Heida Reed: 'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'

Poldark star Heida Reed

'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'
The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn