Review: Sorry to Bother You…

Boots Riley's film Sorry to Bother You (USA, 2018) is a breath of fresh air.

Alan Freed: Mr. Rock ‘n’ Roll

Alan Freed, one of the earliest promoters of rock ‘n’ roll, was hated by the US establishment for helping to break segregation in the music industry.

We’re all off to Glasgow in the Green: in defence of the Green Brigade

Jamie Lewis comments on the two-match ban imposed on Celtic supporters the Green Brigade. I don't think I have seen anything like the Celtic fans in all the stadiums I have played. - Xavi Parkhead, Celtic FC's...

Review: Skylight

Jack Farmer looks at the current revival of David Hare's political play. It's perhaps unsurprising that David Hare's Skylight has been revived now, 18 years after its debut. At its heart, this is a play...

A Farewell to Omelas: remembering Ursula Le Guin

Writer Ursula Le Guin, who died on 22 January aged 88, overturned notions of what Science Fiction should be about.

A poem by Alan Gibbons

Alan Gibbons, poet and novelist, penned this poem in response to Theresa May's vile racist speech at the Conservative conference. We are proud to republish it for National Poetry Day   There was an Irish immigrant Who...

rs21 Readers and Writers recommend 2016, part 1

We asked our readers and writers to pick a cultural highlight of the year. Read on for suggestions of books, films, TV, music and even a cook book... Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh Colin Barker When...

On cultural appropriation, from American Spirit to Palmyra

While symbols and their deployment undoubtedly structure our experience, Charlie Jarsve argues that power relations have a materiality that an uncritical understanding of 'cultural appropriation' can obscure.  I still remember the first time I came across American...

Mike Marqusee (1953-2015)

Talha Ahsan, poet and former political prisoner, pays tribute to Mike Marqusee, who died on January 13, 2015. Today at around 4.30pm I received a phone call that left me feeling numb all day. Someone...

Bad comedy and bardolatry: on the politics of Shakespeare in the age of mechanical...

It's 400 years since Shakespeare died, and Kate Bradley doesn't care. This year, the BBC tells me, 'Shakespeare Lives'. Apparently, it's 400 years since Shakespeare died, and the BBC is using it as an excuse...