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INTERVIEW – MIGUEL SYJUCO
June 7, 2010 – 12:43 pm | No Comment
INTERVIEW – MIGUEL SYJUCO

by John Syfret

Miguel Syjuco cuts a trim and dapper figure when I meet him, dressed in light chinos and collared shirt, he is at ease in the sweltering heat of a glass-topped room in King’s …

Underwood: Interview with Toby Litt
May 21, 2010 – 9:58 am | No Comment
Underwood: Interview with Toby Litt

by Katy Darby

Do you like short stories? Do you remember vinyl? If the answer to both these questions is yes, then you, sir or madam, are the target audience for the quirky, cool and …

Interview – Learn Something Every Day
May 5, 2010 – 5:20 am | No Comment
Interview – Learn Something Every Day

What a lovely idea from some lovely people. Every day visitors to their site send them facts, and they pick one to turn into an illustration. Manchester based design agency Young have signed a deal …

INTERVIEW – ALICE AIKEN, LIBERAL DEMOCRAT CULTURE ADVISER
April 25, 2010 – 2:33 pm | No Comment

By NFTU Arts Features Editor Michael Amherst

1. There seems to be some disagreement within the frontbench team on which department’s budgets are ring-fenced; Vince Cable has said no departmental budget is ring-fenced whilst David …

INTERVIEW – PAUL MURRAY
April 12, 2010 – 6:57 pm | No Comment
INTERVIEW – PAUL MURRAY

by Tristan Summerscale

Paul Murray’s latest novel, Skippy Dies, could not have come out at a more relevant time in terms of some of the dark subject matter that it discusses. Set …

INTERVIEW – JOE MENO
April 10, 2010 – 6:43 am | No Comment
INTERVIEW – JOE MENO

By Adam Smith
The Great Perhaps is Joe Meno’s fifth novel, but his first to be published in the UK. NFTU caught up with Meno, who teaches as well as practices creative writing, to discuss …

BOOKS – THE GREAT PERHAPS BY JOE MENO
April 10, 2010 – 4:44 am | No Comment
BOOKS – THE GREAT PERHAPS BY JOE MENO

by Adam Smith
Joe Meno describes his fifth novel as “an argument on behalf of complexity”. It is a curious, albeit common, challenge for a writer to set himself: to write a book that is not …

INTERVIEW – LORIN STEIN ON LITERATURE
March 9, 2010 – 3:25 pm | No Comment
INTERVIEW – LORIN STEIN ON LITERATURE

By Jacques Testard
Lorin Stein is a senior editor at Farrar, Straus and Giroux in New York City. He has edited, amongst other works, The Savage Detectives and 2666 (winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in …

ART – ASHILE GORKY AT THE TATE MODERN
March 2, 2010 – 4:11 am | One Comment
ART – ASHILE GORKY AT THE TATE MODERN

by Leo Kent

For an artist who paved the way for Abstract Expressionism in America, Armenian born Arshile Gorky should be more of a household name today. Hopefully this will be rectified in some small …

FILM – The Prophet
January 20, 2010 – 10:10 am | No Comment
FILM – The Prophet

by Jemimah Steinfeld

One of the most memorable lines in classic prison drama The Shawshank Redemption is when Tim Robbins’ character, Andy Dufrasne avers: “The funny thing is – on the outside, I was an honest …

OPERA – LA BOHEME, IN A PUB
December 21, 2009 – 6:10 pm | No Comment
OPERA – LA BOHEME, IN A PUB

by Dasha Afanasieva

Robin Norton-Hale’s production of Puccini’s La Bohème is not really opera as we know it. It’s cheap, it’s in a pub and it’s accompanied by a piano. The whole thing feels very …

INTERVIEW – MAUREEN DUFFY
December 21, 2009 – 3:23 pm | No Comment
INTERVIEW – MAUREEN DUFFY

by Hannah Gilkes
Maureen Duffy (b. 1933 in Worthing, Sussex) is a notable contemporary British poet, playwright and novelist. She has also published a literary biography of Aphra Behn, and The Erotic World of Faery a …

BOOKS – SPOKEN INK
December 18, 2009 – 9:46 am | One Comment
BOOKS – SPOKEN INK

by Maya de Paula Hanika
The rise in popularity of the short story in this country is welcome news I’m sure to the readers of Notes from the Underground. Previously a neglected, predominantly American medium reserved …

FILM – THE LIMITS OF CONTROL
December 15, 2009 – 8:17 am | No Comment
FILM – THE LIMITS OF CONTROL

by Gabriella Apicella
When I’m told how to watch a film, I tend to think that the movie in question is probably best avoided.  Certainly if you scout around, you will see that Jim Jarmusch’s latest movie, …

FILM – HUMPDAY
December 7, 2009 – 10:19 am | No Comment
FILM – HUMPDAY

by Gabriella Apicella

I don’t understand guys too well. Or the alpha-male type of guy anyway. They baffle me – as I’m assured women baffle men.  Not only in the ways they relate to me, …

FILM – BILL MARTELL
December 7, 2009 – 10:02 am | No Comment
FILM – BILL MARTELL

by Gabriella Apicella

It’s raining outside. Underneath a backstreet record store, a crowd gathers in front of a small stage. As the minutes tick by, expectation mounts. A softly spoken silver …

THEATRE – BLACK ALBUM, NATIONAL THEATRE
November 18, 2009 – 10:58 am | No Comment
THEATRE – BLACK ALBUM, NATIONAL THEATRE

by Hannah Gilkes

In 1995 Hanif Kureishi looked back and saw the beginnings of a trend that was to prove prophetic. The Black Album follows the young Shahid from Kent as he starts university in London, …

ART – WILD THING, ROYAL ACADEMY
November 13, 2009 – 9:04 am | No Comment
ART – WILD THING, ROYAL ACADEMY

by Leo Kent

Both Gaudier and Gill befriended and were heavily influenced by the innovative and progressive Epstein and all three can be regarded as pioneers of modern art through their radical creations. …

THEATRE – IF THERE IS I HAVEN’T FOUND IT YET, BUSH THEATRE
November 12, 2009 – 10:16 am | No Comment
THEATRE – IF THERE IS I HAVEN’T FOUND IT YET, BUSH THEATRE

by Miguel Cullen
The truest sense of what is real and what is fake can be gleaned, as anyone who had an awkward moment making conversation with trick or treaters knows, from the crystalline perspective of …

INTERVIEW – PIERS PAUL READ
November 4, 2009 – 12:21 pm | No Comment
INTERVIEW – PIERS PAUL READ

by Miguel Cullen
The August afternoon hangs dappled over the low Hammersmith terraces, and Piers Paul Read is speaking into a microphone. He is reflective, going over his whole life, from school up to his latest …