The latest on books and the arts


Roy of the Rovers takes a pass.
The rise and fall of the great British football comic
By Seb Patrick - 11 December 15:49

Will there ever be room for another Roy of the Rovers?

2000 AD: A British institution
By Colin A. Smith - 11 December 10:22

For British comics week, we'll be looking at a pair of creators from a different tradition each day. Today: Colin Smith speaks to Al Ewing and Henry Flint.

A panel from Fransman's work for the New Statesman.
Can comics journalism bootstrap its way to success?
By Alex Hern - 10 December 18:50

For British comics week, we'll be looking at a pair of creators from a different tradition each day. Today: Karrie Fransman and Tom Humberstone

The review of the Hobbit, from a 1937 edition of the New Statesman.
"Adults of all ages! Unite against the infantilist invasion."
By New Statesman - 10 December 13:36

The New Statesman's original reviews of The Hobbit and The Two Towers.

New Statesman
Review - The Fourth Plinth: Contemporary Monument
By Charlotte Simmonds - 07 December 17:34

It's courted controversy in the past, but the ICA’s new show makes a stand for the Plinth’s cultural significance.

A week of British comics at the New Statesman
By Alex Hern - 07 December 17:00

Introducing our themed week on the NS blogs.

There's more to British folk than Mumford and Sons (Getty Images)
Go folk yourself
By William Hazell - 07 December 16:10

It's time to embrace British musical heritage

Review: Days of the Bagnold Summer
By Alex Hern - 07 December 15:28

Joff Winterhart's debut comic, Days of the Bagnold Summer, has become, along with Mary and Bryan Talbot's biography/memoir Dotter of her Father's Eyes, the first graphic novel to be nominated for a Costa Book Award.

New Statesman
The Friday arts diary
By admin - 07 December 13:49

Our cultural picks for the week ahead.

Pete Doherty and Charlotte Gainsbourg in Confessions of a Child of the Century.
Pete Doherty is a really, really bad actor
By Alex Hern - 07 December 12:15

The former Libertine isn't very good at playing a libertine.

Yeasayer: "America's not like Canada, where crappy bands are funded by the government"
By Rob Pollard - 06 December 12:06

Rob Pollard interviews Yeasayer's Chris Keating.

Michael Redgrave and children
In the Critics this week
By new-statesman - 06 December 10:56

Sarah Churchwell on Donald Spoto, Helen Lewis on Grace Coddington and Claire Lowdon on Nancy Huston.

The Hour: series 2, episode 4
By Caroline Crampton - 06 December 10:51

Plots are thickening all over the place.

In the Frame: Dickensian Rolling News
By Tom Humberstone - 05 December 16:42

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

New Statesman
How text-based war games are challenging representations of conflict
By John Brindle - 05 December 16:19

Text-based games are saying things about the wars we fight that the AAA shooter cannot.

Peter Hook about to go on stage at first performance of Closer with his band The
Peter Hook: Bernard and I could reconcile. "On the end of a pair of duelling pistols."
By Rob Pollard - 04 December 9:44

Rob Pollard speaks to the former Joy Division and New Order bassist.

Linton Kwesi Johnson
Linton Kwesi Johnson honoured
By Philip Maughan - 03 December 14:25

Father of dub poetry wins 2012 Golden PEN Award

Grace Coddington
Reviews round-up
By new-statesman - 03 December 12:46

The critics' verdicts on Grace Coddington, Ian Cobain and Julian Barnes.

New York newsstand
A new home for the short story
By Jacques Testard - 03 December 9:05

Not just another literary prize.

Copyright for a digital age
By Benjamin White - 30 November 14:49

A rethinking of intellectual property law is long overdue.

An illustration from Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels
From the archive: Frank Kermode on Jonathan Swift
By Frank Kermode - 30 November 14:46

Compared with Swift’s ferocious wit, Private Eye is primitive stuff.

The Friday arts diary
By new-statesman - 30 November 14:11

Our cultural picks for the week ahead.

Kevin Powers
Kevin Powers: "When I was serving, I gave up any notion of a just cause."
By Jonathan Derbyshire - 30 November 10:23

The winner of the Guardian First Book Award interviewed.

Ken Loach
Ken Loach turns down an award
By Celluloid Liberation Front - 29 November 16:39

The director shows solidarity with film festival workers.

In the Frame: High Stakes Procrastination
By Tom Humberstone - 29 November 16:27

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

The winners of the British comics awards. Josceline Fenton, 2nd right, was the o
Where were all the women at the British Comic Awards?
By Laura Sneddon - 29 November 11:53

The first British Comics Awards were hugely successful – except for their less-than-perfect gender balance, writes Laura Sneddon.

Kylie Minogue
In the Critics this week
By new-statesman - 29 November 11:45

John Gray on Brian Leiter, Leo Robson on Julian Barnes and Kate Mossman on Kylie Minogue.

Read all about it: NS Books of the Year 2012
By New Statesman - 29 November 11:14

The New Statesman’s friends and contributors choose their favourite books of 2012.

The Hour: series 2, episode 3
By Caroline Crampton - 29 November 9:29

So many storylines, you won't know where to look.

A portrait of Eugene O'Neill
Desmond MacCarthy on Eugene O’Neill: “Poetry did not blow about the words”
By Philip Maughan - 27 November 15:34

Mixed feelings on the great American playwright, who died this day in 1943.