Vanessa Bell at the Dulwich Picture Gallery

How much context do we need to appreciate a painting? Take, for example, Vanessa Bell’s Studland Beach, 1912. We might describe it in terms...

Woolf Works at the Royal Opera House

On the night of its seventeenth performance, Woolf Works opens with sounds of London; Big Ben, the distant rumbling of cars, all of which...

David Hockney at Tate Britain

Visiting a gallery in London during the February half term is a rookie error. In a bid to occupy restless children, and driven inside...

Hair by Sam McKnight at Somerset House

Follow lipstick red arrows pasted on the floor of Somerset House round winding steps down the rabbit hole, and you will emerge in the...

Stranger, Baby by Emily Berry

Freud is dangerous territory for poets. He did more than just make his mark on the literature of the twentieth century: he cross-hatched it....

The Glass Menagerie at the Duke of York’s Theatre

Cherry Jones returns to the role of Amanda Wingfield in Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie, directed by John Tiffany. This London revival of American theatre’s...

Chalk Poets by Stephanie Norgate

The otherness of nature, the gap that separates its permanence from our finite experience, is as much a part of its constructed character as...

Adventures in Moominland at Southbank Centre

“What do you know of the Moomins: the books, the television series, or maybe you just recognize the characters?” That was one of the first...

Hammer and Tongue Poetry Slam Finals at the Royal Albert Hall

I had watched countless videos on YouTube, attended other poetry slams and kept abreast of the ‘scene’ on social media, but nothing quite prepared...

Chan by Hannah Lowe

Hannah Lowe’s latest collection of poetry Chan (Bloodaxe, 2016) revisits the characters and stories from her first collection, Chick (Bloodaxe, 2013), which won the...

Unity in Variety VI at Gabriel Fine Arts

In the sixth edition of their most recent collaboration with Barikee, Gabriel Fine Arts showcased an expansive array of work, from the interpretive calligraphy...

The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography from the Sir Elton John Collection

“It’s not about how great the collection is. It’s about the photographers who took the photographs…how they changed the art form forever.” While he still...

Picasso Portraits: Humour is Key

The exhibition at London’s National Portrait Gallery differs from William Rubin’s one on Picasso’s portraits twenty years ago at MOMA by defining Picasso’s portraits...

La Bohème at The Cutty Sark

Puccini’s La Boheme has long elicited a powerful emotional response from its audiences, but rarely have the cast been close enough to see its...

Faber & The Poetry Society Reading: Eric Berlin, Emily Berry...

Poetry was necessary on this year’s election night.  As we sat in a beautiful, packed room in Bloomsbury House, Faber’s headquarters, surrounded by first...

Franciszka Themerson at l’étrangère

Avant-garde in its truest sense is an appellation that can be justifiably given to the artist, illustrator, film-maker, publisher, theatre and book designer, Franciszka...

The Schooldays of Jesus by J. M. Coetzee and Nutshell by...

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire”: you could say that this Yeatsian adage is the bedrock...

The Power by Naomi Alderman

Some suggest that science fiction is a woman’s genre. In its purest form, sci-fi reimagines the structures of society and, in the process, creates...

Anastasia at The Royal Opera House

The revival of Kenneth MacMillan's compelling and experimental ballet Anastasia is currently being performed by the Royal Ballet for the first time since 2004. The ballet circles...

The Met Office Advises Caution by Rebecca Watts

As its title suggests, Rebecca Watts’s new collection seeks to reinvent nature poetry for the 21st Century: a tradition most closely associated with figures...

The Red Barn at The National Theatre

In a recent interview with The Times, acclaimed theatre director Robin Icke said that he walks out of shows at the interval ‘all the...

Noon in Paris, Eight in Chicago by Douglas Cowie

Douglas Cowie’s most recent book, Noon in Paris, Eight in Chicago, is a fictionalised account of the near-two-decades-long relationship between Simone de Beauvoir and Nelson Algren....

No’s Knife at The Old Vic

‘… no need of a story, a story is not compulsory, just a life, that’s the mistake I made, one of the mistakes, to...

London Literature Festival, Southbank Centre

An evening at the Southbank Centre is always going to be enlightening and entertaining - this is never more true than during the London...