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Doctor Who: Peter Capaldi revealed as the new Doctor
By Caroline Crampton - 04 August 19:16

The name revealed on a special BBC1 announcement programme.

New Statesman
Transition: Contested landscapes in South Africa
By New Statesman - 02 August 10:34

A photography essay including work by Philippe Chancel, Raphaël Dallaporta, Pieter Hugo, Santu Mofokeng, Zanele Muholi, Jo Ractliffe, Thabiso Sekgala and Alain Willaume. Photography Editor: Rebecca McClelland.

West Bank Wall being climbed by Palestinians.
Reviews Round-up
By Critic - 30 July 7:00

The critics' verdicts on Di Cintio, Laing and Pagden.

Sonya Tamazovna, Lika Barabadze and another member of the company.
The Muteli Monologues: feminism and activism converge in Georgian theatre
By Tara Isabella Burton - 29 July 15:37

The first complete Georgian-language production of Eve Ensler's feminist performance piece <em>The Vagina Monologues</em> caused substantial controversy. Tara Isabella Burton meets two of the women behind it.

UK Uncut protest.
Left Without a Future? by Anthony Painter: astute proposals, overly "pragmatic"
By Joe Collin - 29 July 11:02

Anthony Painter’s 'Left Without A Future?' demonstrates an all too typical condemnation of “moral fervour”.

Ex Machina 50.
Brian K Vaughan: the king of "creator-owned" comics
By Alex Hern - 28 July 12:09

He rarely speaks about the ethics of working alone as against for Disney or Warner Brothers, but Brian K Vaughan's work speaks volumes about the importance of creative freedom.

New Statesman
In the Frame: Support
By Tom Humberstone - 26 July 11:33

Tom Humberstone's weekly observational comic for the New Statesman.

Mexican art
In the Critics this Week
By Joe Collin - 25 July 6:00

Birds, an exclusive short story by Hanif Kureishi, Mexican art and Elizabeth Taylor.

"Feminists do the best Photoshop": the independent women's magazines getting it right
By Anna Carey - 24 July 10:23

As <em>Bust</em> magazine celebrates its 20th birthday, Anna Carey writes in praise of the women's magazines that avoid the diets and the circle of shame in favour of stuff women might actually be interested in, like swearing and graphic novels and femini

Odds on baby names.
The last of the royal Lionels: The peculiar names of would-be Kings
By Richard Pedersen - 23 July 18:16

George might be the favourite name for the new royal, but how about a Eustace, Alfonso or Arthur? He wouldn't be our first.

Khaled Jarrar
Tear down this wall: Khaled Jarrar at the Ayyam Gallery
By Aisha Gani - 23 July 15:30

Khaled Jarrar has made playful sculptures from fragments chipped from the eight metre high wall which runs through the West Bank. Is this trivialising or accepting the wall's existence?

Felicity Jones.
Breathe In: The danger of looking at Felicity Jones’s face
By Philip Maughan - 23 July 13:00

Drake Doremus's pale blue drama stars Guy Pearce as a middle-aged musician looking for a break from his humdrum life. When British exchange student Sophie Williams (Felicity Jones) arrives, he sees a second chance to regain his youth.

Colum McCann.
The Man Booker Prize 2013 longlist in full
By Philip Maughan - 23 July 12:36

Robert MacFarlane and his team of judges have revealed the 13 books longlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize - how many have you read?

Portraits of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon in the National Portrait Gallery
Forgotten by history: the royal babies you've never heard of
By Amy Licence - 23 July 12:20

Amy Licence reminds us of the royal children who shaped the course of history, only to recede into obscurity.

Remembering Vicky, the Queen Britain never had
By Elizabeth Norton - 23 July 8:58

Elizabeth Norton looks back to another highly-anticipated royal birth - that of Queen Victoria's eldest child.

Benjamin Disraeli.
Reviews Round-up
By Critic - 22 July 17:13

The critics' verdicts on Hurd and Young, Higashida and McCleen.

Friday Arts Diary
By New Statesman - 19 July 11:45

Our cultural picks for the week ahead.

New Statesman
In the Frame: In It Together
By Tom Humberstone - 19 July 9:47

Tom Humberstone's observational comic for the New Statesman.

JK Rowling really was outed as "Robert Galbraith" against her will
By Alex Hern - 19 July 8:34

Conspiracists, back down: this wasn't a publisher-organised PR coup.

Gladstone and MPs.
In the Critics this Week
By Joe Collin - 18 July 15:00

This week's books pages feature everything from Disraeli to walls, futuristic distopias to an autism memoir.

The Stalin-Wells Talk: The interview that defined the post-war British left
By Matthew Taunton - 18 July 12:45

In 1934 H G Wells interviewed Joseph Stalin in Moscow. The fallout from the meeting led to a battle between three intellectual powerhouses - Shaw, Keynes and Wells - each of whom argued for their own vision of socialism in the UK.

Haifa al-Mansour: "In Saudi Arabia, any woman voicing her opinion will be seen as controversial"
By Steve Yates - 17 July 10:04

Haifa al-Mansour, the first woman ever to direct a feature film in Saudi Arabia, talks to Steve Yates about how her film <em>Wadjda</em> came together.

J K Rowling
Has J K Rowling betrayed women writers in her decision to publish as Robert Galbraith?
By Nichi Hodgson - 16 July 12:03

The unmasking of Rowling as the author of The Cuckoo's Calling and its subsequent meteoric success has demonstrated that celebrity trumps gender when it comes to book sales. But what about all the writers who will never achieve a fraction of Rowling's fam

The cover of The Cuckoo's Calling.
What did the critics really think of "Cuckoo's Calling" (before they knew it was by J K Rowling)?
By Joe Collin - 15 July 17:00

Actually, they liked it. Galbraith's Cormoran Strike thriller could mark the start of another intensely successful Rowling series.

England celebrate victory in the first Ashes test on 14 July.
Why I love the Ashes
By Neil Hannon - 15 July 10:57

It's the age-old rivalry that makes matches like this weekend's Test so thrilling to watch.

New Statesman
In the Frame: Undercover Cop
By Tom Humberstone - 15 July 9:31

Tom Humberstone's weekly observational column for the New Statesman.

Sales of "The Cuckoo's Calling" surge by 150,000% after JK Rowling revealed as author
By Alex Hern - 14 July 11:08

"Robert Galbraith" was critically acclaimed, but it takes Rowling to be commercially successful.

New Statesman
Amanda Palmer vs the Sidebar of Shame (NSFW. You have been warned)
By Alex Hern - 13 July 15:58

The musician is not a fan of the Daily Mail, it seems.

New Statesman
Rob Pollard v Woods: "We make money on the road and that’s just the way it is now"
By Rob Pollard - 13 July 10:27

A man, a band, a record label. Rob Pollard talks to Woods' Jeremy Earl.