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Five a Week 12: Some Things to Read & Think About

I decided against linking to any of the coverage of last week’s election. There’s some good stuff out there, and I’d dearly love an excuse to use the picture of my former MP losing his seat, but who knows what … Continue Reading

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Five a Week 11: Some Things to Read & Think About

1. CZESLAW MILOSZ’S SPACE TRAVELS I’ve just read Andrzej Franaszek’s big biography of Czeslaw Milosz, one of the 20th century’s greatest poets. I’d like you all to read it, obviously, but this review might do for most, for now. Why … Continue Reading

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Unstrained Quality

Over the last year I’ve been helping Culture Bridge North East with two phases of a project called EQiIPP (Exploring Quality in Peer Practice, and no, the recruitment slogan wasn’t ‘All we need is a You’.) The first phase paired … Continue Reading

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Five a Week 10: Some Things to Read & Think About

I could not find the perfect article to link to relating to the awful events in Manchester last week so am sharing this photo, taken over an unexpectedly al fresco breakfast last Thursday. (Still under a fiver too, gentrification not … Continue Reading

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Five a Week 9: Some Things to Read & Think About

1. STORIES FROM THE HOUSE BAND This is a brilliant fanzine put together by Maddy Costa to record some of the stories emerging from Unfolding Theatre’s fantastic Putting the Band Back Together project. I should declare an interest as I’m … Continue Reading

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Five a Week 8: Some Things to Read & Think About

1. WHY WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT GOOD WORK Matthew Taylor of the RSA gave his annual lecture last week, around one of the RSA’s current big themes: ‘good work’. This relates to the work being done by Taylor and … Continue Reading

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Five A Week 7: Some Things to Read & Think About

1. THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT? LESSONS FROM GROWING UP IN IRELAND Createquity has long been worth reading and thinking about. It has recently developed into something properly substantial – the kind of thing I’d love to see in the … Continue Reading

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Five a Week 6: Some Things to Read and Think About

1. TAILORED REVIEW OF ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND If time allows I’ll write something specific about this DCMS ‘tailored review’ of Arts Council England, but it is obviously an essential read. As an end of term report it’d be a B … Continue Reading

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Five a Week 5: Some Things to Read & Thinking About

1. A CLOSER LOOK AT CREATIVES I did a piece of work last year that including looking at job descriptions and person specs for artistic directors. My conclusion was you had to be superhuman, so broad was the spec on … Continue Reading

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Five a week 4: Some Things to Read and Think About

1. JOHN COLTRANE DRAWS A PICTURE ILLUSTRATING THE MATHEMATICS OF MUSIC Sometimes, in the arguments about the squeezing of arts out of the curriculum, arts folk can slip into suggesting things like science and maths are not creative, even they … Continue Reading

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