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Chief Arts Writer — Guardian

Chief arts writer, the Guardian; classicist. Author of inter alia, UNDER ANOTHER SKY: JOURNEYS IN ROMAN BRITAIN

Darkness in literature: The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper

theguardian.com — Susan Cooper's sequence of five children's stories, The Dark Is Rising, is, you'll have guessed, all about the dark. The dark as velvety, blanketing night. The dark as the keeper of mysteries, ineffable and unknowable. Above all, the dark as counterpoint to the light; as one side of the great battle between evil and good.

What if Britain left the EU?

theguardian.com — In a rare uncalculating moment, Boris Johnson wrote last year that, if Britain finally ended its "sterile debate" over Europe by leaving the EU, it would quickly discover "that most of our problems are not caused by Brussels, but by chronic British short-termism, inadequate management, sloth, low skills and a culture of easy gratification and under-investment".

Baddies in books: Medea, the magnificent monster

theguardian.com — Medea the monstrous kills her children to punish her faithless husband. As she-devils go, she's up there. No greater offence than the murder of one's own defenceless babies. And yet. Euripides is the master of moral complexity. He sets everything in motion and a-churn.

Turin shroud was made for medieval Easter ritual, historian says

theguardian.com — When it is exhibited next year in Turin, for the first time in five years, 2 million people are expected to pour into the city to venerate a four-metre length of woven cloth as the shroud in which Jesus Christ was wrapped after his crucifixion, and on to which was transferred his ghostly image.

Grayson Perry’s latest tapestry celebrates mongrel Britain

theguardian.com — It's hard to define Britishness. When Gordon Brown attempted to pin down British values a decade ago it all fell a little flat: liberty and tolerance were, after all, ideals not just of Britain but of any country with a healthy respect for human rights.

Richard Flanagan: ‘I lit the barbie with old drafts’

theguardian.com — Richard Flanagan has red rimmed eyes and an air of suspended bewilderment the morning after winning the Man Booker prize. Immediately after giving a charming acceptance speech that paid warm homage to his fellow contenders, he was rushed into interviews until the small hours, then roused from not-quite sleep at 6.30am for the next round.

Frieze: even sleeping security guards are art in a world of elaborate disguises

theguardian.com — There is an ingeniousness to the way Frieze adopts its elaborate disguises. This year, perhaps the two most ardently discussed booths at the twin art fairs in Regent's Park - Frieze, for contemporary work, and Frieze Masters, for antiquities, old masters and 20th century art - seem to have very little pretension to selling anything at all.

London's 'vigorous scene' and why Frieze art fair works

mg.co.za — ANALYSIS Think of London, and increasingly one thinks of inequality. There are the super-rich, devouring swaths of the luxed-up city. There are the retired middle classes who bought modest-seeming houses back in the day and find themselves millionaires, and whose children have little chance of becoming property owners except through inheritance.

Why Frieze works

theguardian.com — Think of London, and increasingly one thinks of inequality. There are the super-rich, devouring swaths of the luxed-up city. There are the retired middle classes who bought modest-seeming houses back in the day and find themselves millionaires, and whose children have little chance of becoming property owners except through inheritance.

Alan Davey: why Radio 3 have hired well in this former punk enthusiast

theguardian.com — For Alan Davey, becoming controller of BBC Radio 3 will be a dream job. Not least because it means a gracious exit from his old role. As Chief Executive of Arts Council England since 2008 he has been obliged, as a result of deep coalition cuts to the body's budget, to preside over job losses within the council itself and hugely painful cuts to arts organisations.
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Nov 26, 2014

Lovely piece by @ThomasGouldVLN on the changing role of the classical virtuoso. “Musicians, too, are bored.” theguardian.com/music/2014/nov…

Nov 26, 2014

RT @nickb86uk: @chiggi Any chance of a RT? Please support @BREMF to stage the first opera by a woman - any donation can help zequs.com/campaign/free-…

Nov 26, 2014

Listening to a recording of the German culture minister speaking @britishmuseum. The quality of her discourse is unbelievably impressive.

Nov 21, 2014

@feelinglistless Am afraid I have no magic bullet, am just wellacquainted with the delete button

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