On writing a cover version of Shakespeare

September 26th, 2015

On the day of the first new moon of June 1599, at 3 o’clock, the new Globe theatre opened its doors with a new show – Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare. Everything was new – it was the spirit of […]

Barbara Hepworth’s epic works changed the face of sculpture

June 12th, 2015

Barbara Hepworth liked to say ‘There is no landscape without the figure.’ She was born in Wakefield in the West Riding of Yorkshire in 1903. What she saw, the earliest imprints on her retina, were dramatic forms; outcrops and crags, peaks […]

The Whitworth Gallery reopens

February 14th, 2015

The Whitworth Gallery in Manchester re-opens this weekend with the message “Fall In Love Again”. It’s the right message. Creativity in all its forms is a passionate engagement with making something happen. Like falling in love, art is a disturbance […]

Why I fasted for eleven days

July 11th, 2015

Everybody knows about fast food. Scoffing that factory blend of hormone-heavy protein, sluggish starch, industrial trans-fats and E-numbers, is the reason why most people have also heard of the Fast Diet: 5-2, where you restrict your calorie intake by three-quarters […]

On the poetry of Carol Ann Duffy – of course it’s political

January 17th, 2015

Poetry is pleasure. Sometimes people say to me, ‘why should I read a poem?’ There are plenty of answers, from the profound – a poem is such an ancient means of communication that it feels like an evolutionary necessity – […]