Alice O'Keeffe is an award-winning journalist and former arts editor of the New Statesman. She now works as a freelance writer and looks after two young children. You can find her on Twitter as @AliceOKeeffe.

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Politics
27 September 2007
Manu Chao has a little dancing devil embroidered on his hat, and I can't help noticing it looks a lot like its owner....
Music and Performance
20 September 2007
I have a theory that music should, in certain circumstances, be made available on the NHS. For example, any teenage...
Politics
09 August 2007
Felix Briseno was brought up with his six siblings in a small apartment in Guarenas, a run-down town on the outskirts...
Politics
19 July 2007
"Welcome," reads a sign in the waiting room at Yarl's Wood. "Bienvenido"; "Bienvenue"; "Will kommen". Under each word...
Politics
19 July 2007
Peter Tatchell is not very well. He is still suffering from head injuries sustained when he was attacked by neo-Nazis...
Human Rights
12 July 2007
In the corner of a toyshop in downtown Caracas lay a dusty pile of battery-operated talking Hugo Chávez dolls. El...
Books
12 July 2007
Having formerly struggled to keep a pot plant alive for more than a week, this spring I embarked on a re-education...
Culture
28 June 2007
There are very few men who look acceptable in a dark red velvet jacket, embroidered silk shirt and extravagantly...
Culture
21 June 2007
"The artist's freedom lies first and foremost in her choice of inception and the pictorial elements that she seeks to...
Culture
14 May 2007
My meeting with Joanna MacGregor does not get off to a good start. "This place makes me lose the will to live," she...
Politics
23 April 2007
As we sit in the garden of his idyllic farmhouse in the mountains of north-eastern Colombia, Jon Jairo's life seems...
Human Rights
09 April 2007
Several years ago, in a cafeteria in downtown Bogotá, I had a conversation that stuck in my mind long afterwards. I was...
World Affairs
19 March 2007
A burst of shots rang out suddenly, sending a crowd of young protesters charging down the Calle Septima, the main...
Music and Performance
19 March 2007
Ry Cooder doesn't just make music, he documents disappearing worlds. When he produced and played on the Buena Vista...
Culture
12 March 2007
"They say once the bell has been rung, it's been rung," says David Lynch cryptically, his pale blue eyes staring...

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