Faces of John Berger

31st October 2016

Yesterday's Observer carried a loving profile by Kate Kellaway of the writer John Berger. Berger's 90th birthday is this coming Saturday, and Kate Kellaway catches something of the achievement and significance of his life when she writes: Critic, novelist, poet, dramatist, artist, commentator more

Playing Lear

10th October 2016

On Wednesday this week RSC Live from Stratford-upon-Avon broadcasts Gregory Doran's production of King Lear to cinemas across Britain. As preparation for this, my work as producer has meant that I've watched the staging half a dozen times more

Oh Canada

13th September 2016

With my colleague Dr Irene Morra from Cardiff University, I am working on a major international, interdisciplinary academic conference to be held at Senate House next June. 'Britain, Canada, and the Arts: Cultural Exchange as Post-war Renewal' will coincide with the 150th more

The Wars of the Roses released

28th June 2016

A nation split in two, bitter struggles over national identity and the country's relationship with Europe, factional fighting for control of the ruling party, roiling discontent barely suppressed in the streets... This is England in 2016, perhaps, and most certainly England more

Expendable and essential

24th May 2016

The best book that I read on holiday recently was a novel first published in 1963. My overwhelming feeling on finishing The Expendable Man was that both it and its author, Dorothy B. Hughes, deserve to be far better-known than, at least more

Stage to screen workshop in Nottingham

27th April 2016

I'm very much looking forward to this workshop on Saturday in Nottingham. The event is free but do please register online if you would like to attend - there are just a few places left. I hope there will be plenty of more

5 x 5 No. 5: Louise’s list

2nd January 2016

For the end of 2015, when this blog has been less than it should have been, and for the start of 2016, when we intend it to be more than it has been, we offer five short lists of five cultural more

5 x 5 No. 3: Tom’s list

31st December 2015

For the end of 2015, when this blog has been less than it should have been, and for the start of 2016, when it will be more than it has been, we offer five short lists of five cultural more