Tag: The Arts

Weep! Weep For The Theatre Directors!

…pleads Derek Bond: Stage Directors UK did some research, and made some alarming discoveries. It found that a director working on four productions at major theatres (a very successful year) is unlikely to earn more than £25,000. The mean average…

If It’s Not Nailed Down…

For decades, it was the centrepiece of an east London housing estate and was known affectionately as Old Flo. But the towering Henry Moore sculpture, Draped Seated Woman, created for public display, is now likely to end up in an…

Well, Just Call Me A Philistine…

Charlotte Higgins in CiF on the ‘attack’ on the arts: The Central Library in Sheffield opened in 1934, when my father was four. As a teenager and medical student in the 1940s and 50s, he would work there, an escape…

Oh, Play Me Another Song, Love!

Kerry Andrew asks the question that (she clearly thinks) should be on the lips of everyone, everywhere: … is there a gender gap in the music industry? Well, frankly, that probably what you’d expect from a ‘freelance composer, performer and…

More Free Lunches Demanded…

All children under five in care in London should be sent a free book a month to boost their reading and prospects later in life, the Commons was being told today. Well, that’ll get rid of a few more unsold…

Childhood Freedom…

Sarah Hall on the changing trends in children’s literature: My six-year-old daughter is reading Dorothy Edwards’ My Naughty Little Sister and Bad Harry and something is puzzling her. Her brow furrows as she points to the text: “Bad Harry lived…

Seriously, Who Ever Even Looks?

Catherine Johnson writes stories for screen and books for children. And she’s complaining about something. What, you ask? Well, I’d better let her tell you that… It seems like a boom time for black literature and drama. Tiny Sunbirds Far…

The Fall of Rome

Be not misled by the byline. This was written in 1947 by W H Auden. __________________ The piers are pummelled by the waves; In a lonely field the rain Lashes an abandoned train; Outlaws fill the mountain caves. Fantastic grow…

Daily Worship in Schools

I’d almost forgotten that the daily worship in school assembly was a legal requirement until reminded by Aunty. Apparently, many schools aren’t bothering with it anymore in direct contravention of the law. Frankly, this doesn’t concern me one bit. It…

Cultural dictatorship, then and now

I wonder. Did Evan Davies blush? On the Today programme (starts at 2.22’38”) this morning (22 August 2011), Davies interviewed a leading member of Britain’s cultural ruling class, a film-maker who, in 1977, scorned the Labour government’s offer of the…

Have Books Had Their Day?

A fascinating article from Sam Leith on the changes to the books industry post-Internet age: You won’t find any shortage of people willing to pronounce the printed book doomed, arguing that the convenience and searchability of digital text and the…

Harrods and Dress Codes

I’ve discussed dress codes before but the latest case to hit the headlines is, without doubt, one of the oddest I’ve come across. A sales assistant at Harrods claims she has been “driven out” of her job over her refusal…