British theatre is part of an industry that produces highly skilled practitioners but doesn’t always know how to use them. Except stereotypically.
Roger Wright, who was also director of the BBC Proms, had worked at Radio 3 since 1998.
In the one corner of the American economy defined by its relentless optimism, there is now a large and growing class of highly trained, objectively talented, surpassingly ambitious workers who are shunted to the margins.
A documentary made for French TV by a writer entirely out of touch with modern Britain – and it showed. This stereotyped land of stiff-upper-lip repression just made Amis sound stupid.
Books and the act of reading are about removing barriers, and public events that celebrate them must do the same, as Alex Clark, guest programmer for this year's Cambridge Literary Festival, explains.
The story of a Sicilian hit man whose life is changed by the blind sister of his intended target struggles on the border between grittiness and sentimentality.
Key event at the Cambridge Literary Festival on 5 April will pit Shiv Malik, Laurie Penny and Simon Heffer against Kwasi Kwarteng, Mansoor Hamayun and Allison Pearson on the question of inter-generational equality.
Tom Humberstone's weekly comic.
Two new shows from English National Opera and the Royal Opera House might sound completely different, but each finds the still small voice of human truth hidden underneath the excess.
They said she was stuck
as though she was a nine-pound human fork
pronged in the dishwasher,
an umbrella that wouldn’t fold to size.
I pushed until I thought I’d turn inside out
and yet she sat in my cervix for hours,
A picturesque anomaly near the airport, ever waiting to be submerged by the tarmac of runway three.
Our ability to harness flames has shaped who we are.
Two new American novels about physically and psychologically damaged veterans from the Iraq war get inside their subjects’ heads with varying success, writes a former US marine.
From sacred symbolism in ancient mythology to paeans by 20th-century naturalists, hawks and eagles have always been lauded in art and literature.
The extraordinary sequence of events now seems too far-fetched even for a British version of Homeland.
Rachel Cooke pits the youth channel against its counterpart, the cerebral BBC4, by comparing Bluestone 42 and How to Get Ahead.
But it's unsettling to see a woman trying to make ends meet in such a desperate way, especially when dressed as if for the school run.
The fearless Kenyan writer talks about the “lost” coming-out chapter from his memoir and the response in Africa and elsewhere.
Somewhere along the line, an orthodoxy hardened: cigarettes will kill you and Bon Jovi will give you a migraine, but reading – the ideal diet being Shakespeare and 19th-century novels, plus the odd modernist – will make you healthier, stronger, kinder. But is that true?
Jim Al-Khalili spoke to the leading psychiatrist about treating depression in Zimbabwe, yet had to shoehorn in some clunky biographical details.
When top bankers retire, no one ever says they’ve been great servants to HSBC, but in football romantic notions of service linger on.
The story of Flora Thompson’s semi-autobiographical novels set in the Oxfordshire hamlet of Lark Rise.
French-Algerian writer Sarrazin was in prison for armed robbery when she wrote her autobiographical first novel. The singer-songwriter Patti Smith celebrates a book that guided her through her youth.
The BBC’s new comedy W1A is for anyone who has ever spent a morning wondering how long people can get away with saying the same thing over and over again while drinking Hildon mineral water.
Left, right, and centre – everyone loves to talk about “innovation”. But what does it mean, this ambiguous, ill-defined buzzword?
The deadline for Arts Council applications has just passed, and the funding outlook is looking bleaker than ever.
Farrukh Dhondy critically surveys television’s coverage of black and Asian lives and issues – and argues that multiculture is simply an acceptable, liberal term for an inclusive, wide, but judgemental monoculture.
Whereas “basically” and “well” are relatively harmless tics that crowd our sentences, “actually” has an attitude.
Anne Rice thinks there are communities of “parasites” intent on dragging down writers by slating their books online. Is she right – and why are we such slaves to the star rating, anyway?
Scarlett Johansson stars as the otherworldly, predatory protagonist in this unsettling sci-fi thriller.