Interview | Quentin Blake: Anthology of Readers

Best known for his illustrations of Roald Dahl’s books — including Fantastic Mr Fox, Matilda, The BFG and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory amongst others — Quentin Blake's latest exhibition, Anthology of Readers, turns his eye to book-lovers [...]

An Interview with Frieda Hughes

We caught up with Frieda Hughes, one of this year's Poetry Prize 2017 judges. Although this prize has now closed, Frieda will begin reading your entries in the coming weeks. In this interview, she...

Interview: Adriaan van Heerden — Unreal City

Adriaan van Heerden is an artist and photographer whose work has been exhibited in London, Barcelona, Kyoto and Singapore, and who was nominated for the ArtGemini Prize last year. His latest project Unreal City...

Interview | Cultural Traffic founder Toby Mott on Arts Fairs and Counter-culture

Eric Block Cultural Traffic interview: Arts Fairs and Counter-culture The roving global arts and publishing fair, Cultural Traffic, will hold its fourth London edition at Old Spitalfields Market on Saturday 5th of October 2019. It happens during...

Interview | Artist Nancy Cadogan on Keats, Gusto and the Keats-Shelley House in Rome

Nancy Cadogan is a British figurative painter. She was named as one of the ‘Top 20 New British Art Talents’ by Tatler magazine, describing her as ‘the new Paula Rego’ in 2008. Since then, she has been featured as one of 93 women artists to exhibit at The Ned, London, for its permanent Vault 100 exhibition. Her solo shows, Mind Zero and Footnotes (for the British Art Fair), were presented at the Saatchi Gallery in London. [...]

Interview | Darren Coffield on Tales from the Colony Room: Soho’s Lost Bohemia

British painter and writer Darren Coffield has exhibited widely in the company of leading artists such as Damien Hirst, Howard Hodgkin, Patrick Caulfield and Gilbert and George, at venues ranging from the Courtauld Institute, Somerset House to Voloshin Museum, Crimea. His new book, Tales from the Colony Room, is an authorized history of one of London’s most infamous arts establishment, the Colony Room Club in Soho [...]

Interview | Oliver Payne on The Art of Warez

Acclaimed artist-filmmaker Oliver Payne, with the help of one-time ANSI artist Kevin Bouton-Scott, brings the lost computer-generated art scene back to life in a new film entitled THE ART OF WAREZ. The film carefully documents the ANSI art scene [...]

Interview | Gryphon Rue on Calder Stories

Calder Stories at the Centro Botín, Spain, is a major exhibition spanning five decades of Alexander Calder’s career, curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, and organised in collaboration with the Calder Foundation, New York. The exhibition,...

Interview | ‘Women are Expected to Tell Their Personal Story all the Time’: In Conversation...

'Women are Expected to Tell Their Personal Story all the Time': In Conversation with Eimear McBride   Promoting and showcasing Irish writing has become an increasingly important part of the cultural programme at the Irish Cultural Centre. From...

Interview | Scott Eaton | Artist+AI

A truly ground-breaking Artificial Intelligence art exhibition has recently been on display at Somerset House. Entitled Artist+AI: Figures & Form in the Age of Intelligent Machines, it featured a new series of works by Scott Eaton,...

Interview | Jolyon Fenwick and Liza Campbell on ‘Life is Too Short to Live...

Jolyon Fenwick and Liza Campbell on 'Life is Too Short to Live in Black and White' On the 25th of October, artist Jolyon Fenwick and artist and writer Liza Campbell are coming together for the...

We Don’t Know What We’re Doing

Editor of The Stinging Fly, one of Ireland's top literary magazines, Thomas Morris is no stranger to reading and writing short fiction. In the final countdown to the deadline for our short story competition we spoke...

Interview | Sarah Staton on ‘Alphonso’

Eric Block  Sarah Staton on 'Alphonso' On the 18 September a striking new sculpture by artist Sarah Staton will be unveiled in Newton Leys. The most recent addition to Milton Keynes’ long standing dedication to public...

Interview | Kate Mosse: Secrets of Storytelling

Kate Mosse is a multi-million, number one bestselling author who writes historical fiction combined with crime, adventure, mystery, conflict and romance. She takes the reader back to France's wars of religion and shares the...

Interview | Kevin Breathnach

I had intended my interview with Kevin Breathnach to go smoothly and at first it appeared to be doing so. We had arranged a time for a discussion over Skype, had both logged on...

Interview | AlanJames Burns on Entirely Hollow Aside from the Dark

This September sees a powerful art event transform the unique setting of Cresswell Crags Cave, Nottinghamshire. In complete darkness, visual and environmental artist AlanJames Burns stages a psychoacoustic sound artwork entitled Entirely hollow aside from the dark [...]

Interview | Charlie Godet Thomas

Floating above your head a radiant yellow weather vane in the shape of a speech bubble, turning with the wind, dripping with rain. A changeable sign that moves with the times, pointing to nothing...

Interview | Lucy Pearson, The Literary Edit

Lucy Pearson runs The Literary Edit book blog and @the_litedit on Instagram. She has over 11,000 followers and has been blogging since 2012, and most recently won The London Book Fair's Blogger of the...

Interview | George Salis: Sea Above, Sun Below

Author George Salis has just published his first novel with River Boat Books. Sea Above, Sun Below is described as containing the following elements: ‘Upside-down lightning, a group of uncouth skydivers, resurrections, a mother's body overtaken by a garden, aquatic telepathy, and a peeling snake-priest’. Read on to get a taste of this oneiric world [...]

Interview | Caleb Femi on Poor, ‘Bartering’ Poetry and the Mythos of the South...

Architectural philosophy and design were central to my approach in writing the collection. I’ve always been preoccupied with how the built environment affects or shapes the lives of human beings, specifically looking at materials likes concrete, the rigidness of them but also the flexibility or propensity of it to become flexible, depending on who is looking and interacting with it. And in that way, there was something new that needed to be built. I say this [...]

Interview | Richard Zarzi on Love, Icons and Spiritualism

Richard Zarzi is considered one of the world's most prominent pop artists working today, having celebrated many icons in his work, including Kate Moss, Cara Delevingne, Chanel and Marilyn Monroe. His work created by projecting images onto a canvas screen, which he further instates with bold light and texture using a mixture of acrylics, resins and diamond dust. The result is a celebration of the icons' charisma and beauty through an his distinctive signature style [...]

Interview | Marika Doux on ‘A Message of Consolation’ by Erik Martiny

Erik Martiny Marika Doux on 'A Message of Consolation' A Message of Consolation, Marika Doux’s third novel is the latest instalment in an emerging series of novels based on a single work of art by an...

Interview | Dima Alzayat on Alligator: stories of displacement, cultural myth and inter-generational trauma

Human beings are naturally drawn to a good story and that’s regardless of the medium, whether that’s writing or film or something else. I think fiction can help readers see ways of living and thinking that differ from how they live and think, and, at the very least, this can make them more open to or understanding of difference. For me, a good story puts the reader in someone else’s shoes and taps into a reader’s own experiences and emotions in order to connect them [...]

Mave Fellowes on London and the inspiration behind her novel

I spent my twenties in a top floor flat in North-West London. From its rickety balcony you could watch the sun set over a particular urban view. In the distance, planes descending on Heathrow....

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