The latest on books and the arts


In the Critics this week
By Staff blogger - 19 January 13:10

Evans on history lessons, Foreman on the Mediterranean and Gray on American diplomacy.

Gilbey on Film: The truth about David Hockney
By Ryan Gilbey - 18 January 13:51

What's the connection between the artist and TOWIE?

Theatre review: The Ladykillers
By Gina Allum - 17 January 17:33

Transposed from Ealing to Shaftesbury Avenue, this tale of a heist gone wrong is a joy.

John Burnside wins the T S Eliot prize
By Sophie Elmhirst - 16 January 19:32

The New Statesman nature columnist wins major poetry award

Reviews round-up
By Staff blogger - 16 January 14:05

The critics’ verdicts on Chad Harbach, Edmund White and Roger Scruton.

Golden Globe Awards 2012
By Rebecca Lloyd - 16 January 11:15

It was a triumphant night for British talent at last night’s Golden Globes.

69th Golden Globes: In pictures
By Alice Gribbin - 16 January 10:53

Silent, black and white film by a French director is the biggest winner at the 2012 awards.

Huis Clos on Whitehall
By Jonathan Webber - 16 January 10:33

Politicians could do worse than going to see Sartre's play.

Eroticism and war in Angelina Jolie's directorial debut
By Grace Jennings-Edquist - 15 January 9:20

In the Land of Blood and Honey is a partial success, says Grace Jennings-Edquist.

The Friday Arts Diary
By Staff blogger - 13 January 11:27

Our cultural picks for the week ahead.

Books interview: Simon Armitage
By Alice Gribbin - 12 January 17:31

"Sometimes there is nothing sweeter in poetry than a deliberate anachronism"

In the Critics this week
By Staff blogger - 12 January 10:42

Stuart Maconie on the Doors, Kate Williams on the gothic novel, Simon Blackburn on human nature and

Gilbey on Film: A little "huh?" can go a long way
By Ryan Gilbey - 10 January 13:30

Why muddy sound can sometimes improve a film.

Axes to grind
By Sophie Elmhirst - 10 January 11:55

Leo Robson makes the inaugural Hatchet Job Of The Year Award shortlist

Reviews round-up
By Staff blogger - 09 January 13:36

The critics’ verdicts on Thomas Frank, Tessa Hadley and Bill Cash.

Cultural Capital podcast: Andrzej Klimowski
By Yo Zushi - 09 January 11:12

A conversation on Polish poster art and the nature of illustration with the Royal College of Art pro

2012 highlights
By Staff blogger - 09 January 0:00

The best of theatre, film and art in the coming six months.

The Friday Arts Diary
By Staff blogger - 06 January 10:18

Our cultural picks for the week ahead.

In the Critics this week
By Staff blogger - 05 January 10:50

Douglas Hurd on Margaret Thatcher, Mark Greif on Thomas Frank and Roger Scruton interviewed.

Competition: J. Edgar
By Staff blogger - 04 January 16:29

Win two tickets to a special screening of Clint Eastwood's new film.

Gilbey on Film: Coming your way in 2012
By Ryan Gilbey - 04 January 13:52

This year's cinematic highlights.

And the award goes to...
By Ryan Gilbey - 27 December 14:22

The Cultural Capital annual film awards pick out the best, worst and most unlikely movie moments of

Theatre review: Written on the Heart
By Gina Allum - 21 December 11:46

A secular pilgrimage to Stratford to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible.

Let's hear it for state-sponsored depravity at the theatre
By Alan White - 19 December 12:55

Why the <em>Mail's</em> Quentin Letts is wrong to attack shocking plays subsidised by public money.

Books interview: Juan Pablo Villalobos
By Alice Gribbin - 16 December 16:02

"Why the Liberian pygmy hippo? If it's absurd, let's do it really absurd. At the end it's a symbol;

The Friday Arts Diary
By Staff blogger - 16 December 14:45

Our cultural picks for the week ahead.

The rise of the political biopic
By Rebecca Lloyd - 15 December 15:59

Why do we want to see our political figures on the big screen?

Words in pictures: Russell Hoban
By Rebecca Lloyd - 15 December 11:54

The late author discusses his penchant for writing songs and rhymes.

In the Critics this week
By Staff blogger - 13 December 14:23

Pullman on fairy tales, Englund on war and Clee on an ebook Christmas.

Keeping poetry outside the comfort zone
By John Kinsella - 13 December 14:21

A poem is an active, not a contemplative, entity - it should channel disobedience