The latest on books and the arts


Kathryn Bigelow
Women in the director's chair
By Martin Dunne - 26 March 10:47

After Helen Mirren's comments at the Empire Jameson Awards, what does the future hold for women in the movie business?

Dirk Bogarde
Dirty secrets
By Celluloid Liberation Front - 25 March 10:50

Revisiting Joseph Losey's 1963 classic, "The Servant".

Chinua Achebe
Chinua Achebe, 1930-2013
By new-statesman - 22 March 11:08

Nigerian author dies at the age of 82.

New Statesman
In the Frame: Staff Meeting
By Tom Humberstone - 22 March 8:49

Tom Humberstone's weekly comic for the New Statesman.

New Statesman
111 Girls wins Best Film Award at Pan Asia Film Festival
By Surabhi Khanna - 21 March 14:58

A proud moment for Nahid Ghobadi.

New Statesman
In the Critics this week
By new-statesman - 21 March 13:04

Jonathan Lethem on Philip Roth and Steven Poole on David Hendy's latest book.

New Statesman
Complex simplicity in the art of Yunizar
By Surabhi Khanna - 19 March 14:52

An encounter with the work of an Indonesian contemporary artist.

A policeman escorts a teenager in 1964 after violence between Mods and Rockers i
Reviews round-up
By New Statesman - 18 March 16:30

The critics' verdicts on Richard Weight, Sheryl Sandberg and Rory Carroll.

New Statesman
Picture Book of the Week: Yes to a Rosy Future
By New Statesman - 18 March 16:26

Bashar al-Assad's last campaign.

Review: Lose #4
By Alex Hern - 17 March 12:23

Alex Hern reviews an unexpected "fashion issue" of Michael DeForge's comic.

The action at Sleep No More.
Immersive theatre and the anxiety of choice
By Tara Isabella Burton - 16 March 10:12

Yes, you might discover a secret orgy in a hidden room or go on a desperate quest for a missing ring, but at heart, immersive theatre is about turning the traditional power dynamics of actors and audience on their head.

New Statesman
The commuter's guide to calisthenics on the go
By Surabhi Khanna - 15 March 16:47

You may be doing more exercise than you think during your daily journey into work.

Yinka Shonibare
The Friday Arts Diary
By new-statesman - 15 March 10:29

Our cultural picks for the week ahead.

New Statesman
In the Frame: Retrospective
By Tom Humberstone - 15 March 8:00

Tom Humberstone's weekly comic for the New Statesman.

Daniel Craig as James Bond in Skyfall.
The rape of James Bond
By Sophia McDougall - 14 March 14:53

On sexual assault, and “realism” in popular culture.

Richard III’s reburial has reignited a Facebook War of the Roses
By Amy Licence - 14 March 14:24

Debate is raging online as to where the newly-rediscovered royal remains should be buried.

Michael Gove
In the Critics this week
By new-statesman - 14 March 10:55

Richard J Evans on Michael Gove, Amanda Foreman on Lina Prokofiev and A L Kennedy interviewed.

The novelist Nicole Krauss in Brooklyn.
Folio Society to sponsor new £40,000 literary prize
By Philip Maughan - 13 March 22:47

Books will be nominated by a one-hundred strong Academy of "ideal" readers.

President Saakashvili, upon whom “The President Has Come to See You” is based.
Playfulness and pragmatism collide as Georgian theatre comes to London
By Tara Isabella Burton - 13 March 14:40

As a biting satire of President Saakashvili makes its English language debut, Tara Isabella Burton explores the state of a fascinating theatrical tradition.

Portrait of Zadie Smith.
Women’s Prize for Fiction 2013: longlist announced
By New Statesman - 13 March 0:01

Hilary Mantel nominated alongside six first-time novelists.

New Statesman
A second look at Art 13- The inaugural global art fair for a global city
By Surabhi Khanna - 11 March 17:29

A closer look at Art 13. Its highs, lows and a fair few photos.

Woman in Munitions factory, Kate Atkinson
Reviews round-up
By new-statesman - 11 March 16:25

The critics' verdicts on Kate Atkinson, Shereen El Feki and Aleksandar Hemon.

An image from The Flash.
The new Flash comic: what happens when an artist tries writing too?
By Alex Hern - 10 March 10:24

Alex Hern reviews The Flash: Move Forward by DC.

In defence of JK Rowling's The Casual Vacancy
By Sarah Ditum - 10 March 9:32

Rowling is often presented as a stultifyingly middle-class and cosy writer. That's unfair, says Sarah Ditum: her adult fiction makes a clear political point in a way few modern novels do.

Portrait of James Salter.
New American literary award confers $1,500,000 in prizes
By Philip Maughan - 08 March 13:06

Inaugural recipients include Tom MacCarthy, James Salter and Zoë Wicomb.

American Indian- George Catlin- Getty Images
The Friday Arts Diary
By new-statesman - 08 March 11:39

Our cultural picks for the week ahead.

The hubris of Sebastian Faulks: trying to imitate the inimitable PG Wodehouse
By Michael Moran - 08 March 10:59

The fizzy, fascinating style of P G Wodehouse cannot be imitated - Sebastian Faulks is a fool to try, says Michael Moran.

Hilary Mantel, photographed for the New Statesman by Leonie Hampton in 2012.
Hilary Mantel: “I have absolutely no regrets at all”
By Caroline Crampton - 08 March 9:39

Author responds to the media furore surrounding her supposed “attack” on the Duchess of Cambridge.

New Statesman
In the Frame: Where the Somesay are
By Tom Humberstone - 08 March 8:00

Tom Humberstone's observational comic for the New Statesman.

Nermine Hammam, from the series Upekkha, 2011
Reviewed: Light From the Middle East at the V&A
By Surabhi Khanna - 07 March 14:21

Middle Eastern photographic practice in focus.