Arts, The

Christmas Convent Garden, photo credit Visit London

It’s hard not to love Christmas in London

This time of year something magical happens to the city of London; it turns into a Christmas fairy-tale town. It really is hard to...
Kids' Christmas books, photo credit Man vs Pink

5 great kids’ Christmas books to read aloud

There is clearly no definitive list of the best kids Christmas books. However, one story tends to dominate this time of year. Despite those...
Theatre production

Experience the National Theatre locally

National Theatre Live launched in June 2009 with a broadcast of the National Theatre production of Phèdre with Helen Mirren. We've since broadcast more...
Rachel Ward and book Numbers

An interview with Rachel Ward

Rachel Ward’s first book, Numbers, was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, has sold to 26 countries and been optioned for film. She...
Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe oil on canvas painting by Édouard Manet

Christmas gift ideas – 8 best books in art

Alexandra Harris concerns herself with the weather "as it is recreated in the human imagination" in Weatherlands: Writers and Artists Under English Skies (Thames...
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Man Booker Prize Winner, Marlon James

A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James was named as the winner of the 2015 Man Booker Prize for Fiction, published by...
Pantomime Dames, photo credit Victoria and Albert Museum

The history of pantomime – Oh yes, it is!

Pantomime developed from a type of traveling street theatre called Commedia dell'arte which came from Italy in the 16th century. Commedia is a very...
Woman reading book on beach

The despair of a passionate book reader

I am a voracious reader. I always have been. I grew up in a small village during the Seventies. We did not even have...
Graffiti modern art

Modern Art – nothing more than one big hoax?

As a (I'd like to think broad minded) lover of art and the arts, this question has sometimes been a difficult one for me. (Except...
Queen Elizabeth I, photo credit National Portrait Gallery

The real Tudors at the National Portrait Gallery

Two Henrys, three Catherines, two Annes, two Janes, Edward, Mary and Elizabeth: we all know the Tudors. They are big beasts of British history:...
Man worrying

Embracing Uncertainty, Susan Jeffers

Like all the best books, Embracing Uncertainty by Susan Jeffers shifted my worldview and I went straight from worrier to non-worrier and never looked...
Horniman conservatory, photo credit Dad without a Map

Secret places in London – Horniman Museum

Big name museums are all well and good but sometimes its good to step off the beaten path and discover something new. Dad without...