Arts & Culture


Something worth fighting for

14 November 2008 A poem by Carol Ann Duffy has been removed by a school exam board. Michael Rosen thinks poets may have a battle on their hands

A cultural revolution

14 November 2008 Poet and writer Andy Croft talks to Neil Astley, the founder and editor of Britain's most important poetry publisher, Bloodaxe Books, about putting the politics into poetry

Drawing back the curtain

14 October 2008 Wherever he has found himself - with the freedom fighters in the mountains of northern Iraq, as a prisoner in an Iranian jail, and now filling a whole room at the Imperial War Museum - Osman Ahmed has always gone on drawing. He spoke to Amanda Sebestyen about his passionate journey to make his art bear witness for the hidden people of Kurdistan

Carrying on from the Chartists

13 October 2008 Can poetry provide a means for change? Dave Toomer, Christina McAlpine and John G Hall, the editors of Citizen 32 magazine, believe it can. Here they explain the importance of combining poetry and activism The contemporary black American poet Amiri Baraka declared that ‘art should be used as a weapon of revolution’, and indeed poetry […]

Big art and Perspex panels

15 August 2008 From graffiti and street art to massive corporate-funded structures such as the Ebbsfleet Landmark (the size of the Statue of Liberty, twice as tall as Antony Gormley's Angel of the North), public art has never been more in vogue. Steve Platt, a reformed 'graffitist', surveys the artistic landscape

Manu Chao, the neighbourhood singer

15 August 2008 Manu Chao could be the most famous singer that many English speakers have never heard of. Yet he is to the alter-globalisation movement what Bob Dylan was to peace and civil rights in the 1960s. Oscar Reyes caught up with him by a campfire at Glastonbury, where he created a little 'neighbourhood of hope'

Three poems on peace and war

30 July 2008 Poems by Adrian Mitchell

Making music matter

23 June 2008 The organisers claimed it as a huge success. But the BNP continued its advance in local elections and won a seat on the London Assembly a few days later anyway. So what did the Love Music Hate Racism carnival in east London in April achieve, and what is the importance of such events for the left in the future? Lena De Casparis and Alex Nunns report

The power to prevail

3 June 2008 The annual Human Rights Watch film festival promises to highlight the power of the human spirit - and it doesn't disappoint, writes Angela Saini

When the enemy is at the door

6 March 2008 Will Atkinson talked to Ken Loach

Letting people speak

6 March 2008 Siobhan McGuirk talks to Kim Longinotto about the growing interest in documentaries, their potential power to move and stir people and explores what kind of documentaries give people a sense of agency

The films we miss and why

6 March 2008 There are some really interesting Italian films coming out – probably Hungarian, French and Polish ones too – but you’d never know it. We are still suffering the results of post-war agreements that gave the US film industry the power to dominate our culture as if films were like motor cars. The Italian champion of […]

Poetic charge sheet

30 January 2008 Tony Benn reviews Michael Horovitz's powerful new anti-war polemic

Keep throwing stones

18 December 2007 From the CAST theatre company to New Variety and the Hackney Empire, Roland and Claire Muldoon have been at the heart of cultural dissent for the past four decades. By Jane Shallice

Babes without spice

14 December 2007 Laurie Penny explains what it means to have hopes dashed twice, first by the Spice Girls and second by Blair's Babes

Booktopia

13 December 2007 Comedian Mark Thomas on his top books

Who takes the rap?

1 January 1998 Hip-hop star Chuck D says black artists must fight for control of their own music and the money it earns. Donald Harding talked to him



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