Children’s Illustrated and Modern First Editions Book Fair

Children’s Illustrated and Modern First Editions Book Fair

Come on out and relive those childhood stories you grew up with at the Children’s Illustrated and Modern First Editions book fair. There will be some of the U.K’s finest specialist book sellers and some of the most beautifully illustrated books. Come and see the first edition covers up close,...

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Housing Crisis on hold?

Housing Crisis on hold?

Whilst the Brexit fiasco continues, the ongoing crisis in housing the UK’s population fails to receive adequate government focus or funding. The National Health Service has a new ten-year plan which will inevitably have priority finance, as will education and policing as they are more newsworthy vote winners.  Is it...

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Fausto Melotti: Counterpoint at the Estorick Collection

Fausto Melotti: Counterpoint at the Estorick Collection

The flyer for this exhibition opens with the line, ‘The harmonious and delicately-poised work of Fausto Melotti (1901-1986) is revered in Italy, yet surprisingly little-known in the United Kingdom.’ This is perfectly true; he is rarely shown here, and, indeed, this is the first institutional show to be dedicated to...

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This is America: James Ellroy’s Perfidia

This is America: James Ellroy’s Perfidia

There are some authors whose public persona are so outsized that they can’t help but overspill into their fiction. Generally these writers are dead: the ‘great men of letters’ seem to have been a decidedly pre-#MeToo phenomenon. The hard drinking lives and frequently unpalatable beliefs of authors like Hemingway or...

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Self empowerment through creativity: an exhibition by homeless artists

Self empowerment through creativity: an exhibition by homeless artists

Eighty eight London artists affected by homelessness have participated in our unique annual art competition. A record number of more than 150 entries were received and the 20 finalists will be exhibited at the Hampstead School of Art on 5 March. The exhibition features cash prizes for the artists who are...

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Vice

Vice

Comedian cum-Late Night host Stephen Colbert famously complained that ‘reality has a well-known liberal bias’; a blithe statement to be sure, but one which has become something of a rallying cry for all distressed by the truth-averse populists increasingly in the driving seats of our democracies. Certainly writer-director Adam Mckay’s...

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Retrospective: Heart Of Darkness

Retrospective: Heart Of Darkness

Joseph Conrad’s Heart Of Darkness is only 40,000 words long; a novella so slim that I picked up my first copy as a free give-away that came with a newspaper. However according to Harold Bloom  those 40,000 words have been dissected and analysed more than any other work of literature...

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Black Mirror: Bandersnatch

Black Mirror: Bandersnatch

  Black Mirror has been running since 2011, concurrent with Charlie Brooker’s slow transformation from a pale angry man shouting at his television into practically the platonic ideal of the Guardian reading metropolitan elite. If Brooker has becoming less angry in his public persona, Black Mirror’s consistently bleak [give or...

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Don Rodolfo at the Soho Theatre

Don Rodolfo at the Soho Theatre

Since 2001, when Shrek exploded onto the scene to the searing fanfare of Smash Mouth’s All Star, any attempt at telling a classic adventure story has come with a snide soupcon of winking irony. Damsels in distress, noble knights and dragons are deemed so old hat that new takes on...

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The Romanovs

The Romanovs

Artists’ brushes have immortalised wintry scenes, ice, the snows of Russia, glittering Marriage Ceremonies, powerful Russian Emperors resplendent in uniform and Empresses in great finery with jewels. They painted a mother, surrounded by her children, who knew not of their approaching doom. A new genre was born; war photography, which...

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