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Crowds at Lahore Lit Fest ignore bomb risks and raise hopes for Pakistan’s future, Arts

Crowds at Lahore Lit Fest ignore bomb risks and raise hopes for Pakistan’s future

The hope that one day Pakistan will escape from the clutches of jihadist terrorism, corrupt politicians and an over-bearing army came alive last weekend at the Lahore Literary Festival, where mostly young audiences averaging 25,000 people a day applauded criticisms and wider worries about the functioning of the country as well as enjoying other sessions [...]

By | Arts, The Foreign Desk | Friday, 27 February 2015 at 7:22 am

Rolo Tomassi Interview: “It’s comforting to know that we’ve not been treated as a novelty”, Arts

Rolo Tomassi Interview: “It’s comforting to know that we’ve not been treated as a novelty”

18th February 2015 marks the ten year anniversary of Rolo Tomassi confounding expectations, breaking rules and baffling audiences around the world. One of the UK’s most audacious, fearless, boldest and admirable alternative acts, they’re music is constantly evolving, proving just as difficult to pigeon-hole as it was a decade ago. On the cusp of releasing [...]

By | Arts, Music | Wednesday, 18 February 2015 at 11:00 am

Goblin’s Claudio Simonetti on Profondo Rosso reaching the big 4-0

This year marks the fortieth anniversary of Dario Argento’s horror masterpiece. But for Claudio Simonetti, the brains behind the film’s iconic soundtrack, it feels like it was just yesterday him and his bandmates were given just ten days to magic something up using just their guitars and harpsichord.

By | Arts, Music | Monday, 16 February 2015 at 4:52 pm

Friday Book Design Blog: The Ecliptic, by Benjamin Wood, Arts

Friday Book Design Blog: The Ecliptic, by Benjamin Wood

This came through the door this week: the proof for the second novel by Benjamin Wood, author of The Bellwether Revivals, which I haven’t read. I’m not entirely sure this new one, which is published in July, is my kind of thing either, but I love the cover, with its two versions of the (exact?) [...]

By | Arts | Friday, 13 February 2015 at 2:10 pm

Ask the Author: Vivian French, Arts

Ask the Author: Vivian French

Vivian French is the hugely popular author of over 200 children’s books, including the Tiara Club and Tales from the Five Kingdoms series as well as non-fiction books such as Caterpillar Butterfly and Growing Frogs. She took some time out from visiting schools in Birmingham as part of the Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour to [...]

By | Arts | Tuesday, 10 February 2015 at 4:52 pm

Hawk Eyes – ‘Everything is Fine’ Album Stream, Arts

Hawk Eyes – ‘Everything is Fine’ Album Stream

Leeds based riff factory Hawk Eyes have just released their brilliant new album Everything is Fine, their third full-length release, which is available to stream in full below. It sees the band expanding their musical horizons, with a more focused and direct approach to that found on either 2010’s Modern Bodies or 2012’s Ideas.
Speaking to [...]

By | Arts, Music | Monday, 9 February 2015 at 11:00 am

Inside the mind of Ghostly International’s Lord Raja, Music

Inside the mind of Ghostly International’s Lord Raja

Ghostly International’s Lord Raja shares his five favourite tracks – including one by Prince which is near-impossible to find…

By | Music | Friday, 6 February 2015 at 12:15 pm

Pianos Become The Teeth Interview – “With ‘Keep You’ we felt like we could stretch our wings”, Arts

Pianos Become The Teeth Interview – “With ‘Keep You’ we felt like we could stretch our wings”

With their third album, ‘Keep You’ Maryland’s Pianos Become The Teeth have tempered their abrasive edge and embraced a more organic subtler sound. In doing so, they have created their best and most accessible album to date. Remfry Dedman sat down with the band to discuss fan reaction, remote recording and never being pigeon-holed.
You’ve been [...]

By | Arts, Music | Friday, 6 February 2015 at 11:00 am

Introducing…Scottish Book Trust’s new Children’s Book Blog, Arts

Introducing…Scottish Book Trust’s new Children’s Book Blog

Welcome to the Scottish Book Trust’s children’s book blog! If you’re 16 or under and love a good story, then you’ve come to the right place. If you’re a parent, teacher or anyone else with an interest in children’s reading, this is for you too. And if you’re an aspiring children’s writer or illustrator, there’ll [...]

By | Arts | Thursday, 5 February 2015 at 11:36 am

Crowds and sales at Delhi’s art fair but can it stay international?, Arts

Crowds and sales at Delhi’s art fair but can it stay international?

Delhi’s annual International Art Fair last weekend provided a classic example of how India produces order out of chaos, but does not quite meet its potential. Some 80,000 people arrived at the fair in the south of the city by car on chaotically crowded and sometimes gridlocked highways, or squashed into unbelievably crowded metro trains [...]

By | Arts, The Foreign Desk | Wednesday, 4 February 2015 at 8:18 pm

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