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Ali Smith’s “How to be Both” secures Goldsmiths Prize

Ali Smith’s “How to be Both” secures Goldsmiths Prize

Ali Smith has been awarded the Goldsmiths Prize for original fiction for her latest novel How to be Both. Smith was awarded £10,000 prize money for her work, which was placed on a shortlist of six books in October. How to be Both was published in two versions, each switching…

Croydon film company shoots short film “Home”

Croydon film company shoots short film “Home”

Matthew Morgan is already making his name as an actor both on stage and on screen. Having turned his hand to writing and directing, he is looking forward to the production of his second short film “Home”. Spiralhouse Pictures is the film production company that Morgan, 20, from Croydon, founded as…

Russell Brand opens charity mosaics in Hackney Downs

Russell Brand opens charity mosaics in Hackney Downs

Comedian Russell Brand revealed how community spirit can transform urban spaces when he unveiled the result of nine month’s hard work by a local charity in Hackney Downs yesterday. A “curious structure” in Hackney Park was transformed into an impressive piece of artwork by The Hackney Mosaic Project, a scheme…

Award-winning film and theatre at Lewisham Fringe

Award-winning film and theatre at Lewisham Fringe

A fortnight of new plays, sketches, comedy, music and film is on offer at The Lewisham Fringe Festival. The festival, which began on Tuesday and will continue until Sunday 16, is held at The London Theatre, Britain’s smallest purpose built theatre, on New Cross Road. Artistic Director, Harry Denford said…

Explore London’s art scene in weekend exhibition trail

Explore London’s art scene in weekend exhibition trail

Follow the contemporary art road this week on a three-day trail around Hackney and North London. ArtRabbit, an online community for the art world, has organised the Art Trail to celebrate the launch of their new, international website. Twenty exhibitions will be shown and some spaces will be holding special…

Dine with the dead at new curiosity museum

Dine with the dead at new curiosity museum

It houses mummified babies, two-headed sheep and mermaids and is opening its doors to the public this week. The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities in Hackney has received generous public donations to make it the UK’s only curiosity museum. It will open on Friday November 7. The museum is a…

Interactive documentary to support Lewisham’s youth

Interactive documentary to support Lewisham’s youth

Trylife is a just that. It’s a way to try out life’s difficult choices without getting hurt. Working with former youth worker now film maker Paul Urwin, Lewisham council is hatching a plan to deal with the big issues facing young people. With more budget cuts imminent alongside plummeting opportunities…

Local stars beaten to Mercury Prize top spot

Local stars beaten to Mercury Prize top spot

Brockley native Kate Tempest and Whitechapel-born Damon Albarn were beaten to this year’s Mercury Prize by Young Fathers. The Edinburgh hip-hop group took home the £20,000 prize for their debut album Dead. Young Fathers kept their victory speech short, offering a brief “thank you” before leaving the stage. They kept…

Richard Tuttle’s exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery

Richard Tuttle’s exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery

American artist Richard Tuttle’s largest UK project opened this week, featuring an exhibition at The Whitechapel Gallery. The exhibition, entitled “I Don’t Know, Or The Weave Of Textile Language”, invites the audience to explore 50 years of Tuttle’s work. Spread across three rooms, the exhibition opened on Tuesday, October 14…

Lottery funding for Lewisham theatre project

Lottery funding for Lewisham theatre project

A £31,000 lottery grant has been awarded to Lewisham Youth Theatre to support performances inspired by a community history project. Catford Tales will see local residents coming together to learn about Catford’s history and exchange memories and experiences, which will then be transformed into a theatre production by LYT. Helen…