The latest on books and the arts


Is there a Welsh national cuisine?
By Gilli Davies - 25 June 11:47

From seafood to stews, the country has a distinct culinary identity.

The Friday Arts Diary
By Staff blogger - 24 June 13:22

Our cultural picks for the week ahead.

Serial killer West End thriller
By Gina Allum - 23 June 17:55

Gina Allum on "London Road".

In the Critics this week
By Staff blogger - 23 June 17:32

The historical value of cookbooks, Nazis on the run, and Shameless US.

Ai Weiwei released
By Harry Conrad Cockburn - 22 June 17:58

"Confession" over tax evasion and ill health led to release, Xinhua news agency report.

Gilbey on Film: Fassbinder's unrequited Lamborghinis
By Ryan Gilbey - 22 June 12:03

How rejection fuelled the director's vision.

Drawing on experience: poetry and motion
By Harry Conrad Cockburn - 21 June 16:59

Simon Armitage and co. at King's Place.

Dave Lee Travis was my "lifeline" says, Aung San Suu Kyi
By Duncan Robinson - 21 June 13:37

The former BBC radio DJ was a "lifeline" for the Burmese pro-democracy campaigner when she was under

Latin summer
By Mark Maughan - 21 June 12:03

Four recommendations from an array of Latin American dance, music and culture on its way to the UK.

Reviews Round-up
By Staff blogger - 20 June 13:31

The critics’ verdicts on Alan Hollinghurst, Aravind Adiga and Franny Moyle.

Pinter's extra-marital inspiration
By Gina Allum - 17 June 19:11

Gina Allum on "Betrayal".

The Friday Arts Diary
By Staff blogger - 17 June 16:07

Our cultural picks for the week ahead.

In the Critics this week
By Staff blogger - 16 June 15:08

What rock festivals owe to the Romans, the enduring value of Nabokov and the demonisation of the wor

Two very different treats for your ears
By Tom Ravenscroft - 15 June 17:20

Tom Ravenscroft's music blog

Clash of the titans
By Alexandra Coghlan - 15 June 12:11

Pierre Boulez conducts Daniel Barenboim and the Berlin Staatskapelle.

Gilbey on Film: Jan Svankmajer's Pop-eyed Genius
By Ryan Gilbey - 14 June 15:20

Celebrating the re-release of Alice, the director's 1988 masterpiece.

Cultural Capital podcast: Emmy the Great
By Yo Zushi - 13 June 19:12

A conversation on music, lyrics, the monarchy and the end of the world with the singer-songwriter.

Reviews Round-up
By Staff blogger - 13 June 16:56

The critics' verdicts on Owen Jones, Lila Azam Zanganeh and Ali Smith.

The Four Stages of Cruelty
By Harry Key - 10 June 18:18

An impressive attempt to bring Hogarth's work to the stage.

In the Critics this Week
By Staff blogger - 09 June 17:50

Philip Pullman on the Anglican tradition, misunderstanding what it means to be secular and commentar

Exclusive: Philip Pullman on what he owes to the Church of England
By Staff blogger - 09 June 10:38

The author on atheism, Anglicanism and "transcendental" experiences.

New Statesman shortlisted for design award
By Staff blogger - 08 June 16:43

See Bruce Emmet's "Nightmare on Cameron Street" illustration one more time.

Tim Key: he's a poet and he knows it.
By Tom Ravenscroft - 08 June 11:56

Tom Ravenscroft's music blog

The New College is a business designed to profit from fear
By James Ladyman - 08 June 11:32

People are worried about the future of universities. An elite college stuffed with celebrities is no

Small is beautiful
By AC Goodall - 07 June 13:16

Stoke Newington hosts an enjoyable alternative to the traditional literary festival.

Gilbey on Film: Saturday night livewire
By Ryan Gilbey - 07 June 11:45

The comedian Maya Rudolph talks about working with Robert Altman and her new film, Bridesmaids.

Mozart, cubed
By Alexandra Coghlan - 06 June 14:06

A bold but flawed production of Don Giovanni at Glyndebourne.

Pleasures of the flesh
By Sanjoy Roy - 06 June 11:53

How a nerve-shredding new dance production from Dave St-Pierre has divided the critics.

The Friday Arts Diary
By Staff blogger - 03 June 15:01

Our cultural picks for the week ahead.

In the Critics this week
By Staff blogger - 02 June 16:03

A N Wilson on Dante, political subterfuge in Renaissance Italy and a tarted-up Greggs.