Sophie Elmhirst is features editor of the New Statesman

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Cultural Capital
25 October 2011
On 25 October 1854, the British cavalry, led by Lord Cardigan, charged against Russian forces in the Crimean War. The...
Ideas
24 October 2011
What a month it has been for the fox. From the decline and fall of a cabinet minister (Dr Liam Fox) to the release of...
Cultural Capital
20 October 2011
The shortlist for the TS Eliot Prize for poetry was announced today. The judges, Gillian Clarke, Stephen Knight and...
17 October 2011
The worst words are the ones that were never meant to be words at all, such as "webinar" (a seminar that...
Culture
13 October 2011
Your success, in your own words, has been a "slow burn". Do you mind?I'm glad that happened to me. I was not...
Books
13 October 2011
Claire Tomalin
Ideas
11 October 2011
September: the heart sinks a little, the light dims, evenings draw in and there is every reason to feel self-pityingly...
Culture
07 October 2011
Are you an artist first and a writer second?I suppose they coexist evenly. I don't worry about it much. You know - what...
Cultural Capital
06 October 2011
Last night, the Forward Prize - in its 20th year - awarded the prize for best collection to John Burnside, for his...
The Staggers
26 September 2011
You'd think Maurice Glasman would be all apologised out. The mea culpa seems to be a theme of this year's conference,...
26 September 2011
Perhaps you thought, after the last Harry Potter film was released this year, that the phenomenon was over. You were...
19 September 2011
Pride comes before a fall, so the saying goes. Which makes it an odd choice for the name of the London 2012 Olympic...
The Staggers
17 September 2011
Nick Clegg
Cultural Capital
13 September 2011
Jersey: a channel island famous for its cows, potatoes and wealthy residents. It's not the first place you'd think to...
Culture
12 September 2011
How did you come to direct 13?I was approached before Mike Bartlett, the playwright, had written a word. I was...

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