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Interviews with leading figures from the arts

10 Questions for Human Rights Campaigner Shami Chakrabarti

Thomas H Green

Shami Chakrabarti (b. 1969) is the director of the civil liberties organisation Liberty, a position she famously and, some would say, fortuitously took up the day before 9/11. Raised in suburban north-west London, she became a barrister for the Home Office in the mid-Nineties. Regularly voicing her opinions on a multiplicity of current affairs programmes, notably Newsnight, she has spoken out on a huge number of issues, especially taking a stance against Britain’s “anti-terror” legislations....

10 Questions for Musician Ron Sexsmith

Russ Coffey

Ron Sexsmith is a singer-songwriter who should, by rights, need no introduction: Critics and fellow musicians, after all, fall over themselves to praise the 51 year-old Canadian. Yet, despite a gorgeous back-catalogue and fans including Paul McCartney and Elvis Costello, widespread commercial success has, hitherto, largely eluded him. Still, the singer remains philosophical.Sexsmith is in London to promote his new album Carousel One (pictured below). Initially he wanted to give the...

Percy Sledge: 'When a man loves a woman he...

Jasper Rees

No soul singer has been associated with one hit in quite the same way. Percy Sledge, who died last week at the age of 74, recorded “When a Man Loves...

10 Questions for Mezzo-Soprano Alice Coote

Thomas H Green

Alice Coote (b.1968) is one of the world’s leading mezzo-sopranos. She grew up in Cheshire, born to two painters, Mark Coote and Mary Moss, and...

theartsdesk Q&A: Günter Grass

Kate Connolly

The Nobel prize-winning writer, playwright and artist Günter Grass was arguably the best-known German-language author of the second half of the 20th...

theartsdesk Q&A: Choreographer Stephen Mear

Marianka Swain

The theatrical dance dynamo talks striptease, triple threats and the power of escapism

10 Questions for Composer Unsuk Chin

Gavin Dixon

Introducing her latest work, inspired by dance, but also by tales of sinister obsessions with artificial life

10 Questions for Artist Marcus Coates

Thomas H Green

Eccentric visionary talks birds, shamanism, intoxicated animals and the Brighton Festival

10 Questions for Playwright Richard Nelson

Thomas H Green

Ahead of the UK premiere of his Apple Family plays at the Brighton Festival, the award-winning playwright talks theatre, cinema and television

'The Pain Swallowed Her Up' – Rebecca Ferguson Sings Billie Holiday

Matthew Wright

X Factor soul-pop star on her new album to celebrate the jazz singer's centenary

'Most of the time I play complete losers'

Jasper Rees

From the archive, an encounter with Hugh Bonneville as one of his finest roles at last appears on DVD

10 Questions for Composer Dobrinka Tabakova

Sebastian Scotney

The Grammy-nominated Bulgarian-British composer talks about her music

theartsdesk Q&A: Musician Mark Stewart

Thomas H Green

The Bristolian songwriter talks suedeheads, semiotics, Roxy Music, William Blake, the return of the Pop Group and much more

10 Questions for Filmmaker Desiree Akhavan

Demetrios Matheou

New York's latest multi-hyphenate on making sense of her place in the world

theartsdesk Q&A: Actress MyAnna Buring

Adam Sweeting

The Swedish-born doctor's daughter on her rapid rise from 'Kill List' and 'Twilight' to 'Downton', 'Ripper Street' and Jimmy McGovern's 'Banished'

theartsdesk Q&A: Musician Jim Reid of The Jesus and Mary Chain

Thomas H Green

On riots, drugs, drunkenness... and jazz

theartsdesk Q&A: Conductor Sakari Oramo

David Nice

A Finn firing up the London concert scene talks Nielsen, Sibelius and concert halls

10 Questions for Rumer 2015

Thomas H Green

The singer-songwriter opens up about her new album and her punk rock side

theartsdesk Q&A: Actress Liz Fraser

Graham Fuller

She put the come-hither in Brit comedies, but has done her finest work in dramas

10 Questions for Pianist Benjamin Grosvenor

Jessica Duchen

The young British pianist talks about rare repertoire and his suspicion of major competitions

theartsdesk Q&A: Novelist Hilary Mantel

Jasper Rees

A BBC adaptation of Wolf Hall is only the latest triumph for the double Booker winner. But what is the novelist's story?

theartsdesk Q&A: Playwright Ayub Khan Din

Jasper Rees

The author of 'East Is East' on bringing his tyrannical father back to life onstage

theartsdesk Q&A: Playwright Nina Raine

Jasper Rees

As a hit play about the NHS returns, the author-director explains its creation

Miloš Karadaglić, 'the guitar player of the people'

Adam Sweeting

How the man from Montenegro put the classical guitar in the spotlight

10 Questions for Songwriter Jackson Browne

Adam Sweeting

Veteran tunesmith on politics, David Geffen and life with the Eagles

10 Questions for Musician Michael League

Peter Quinn

Snarky Puppy's bassist and bandleader on composing for a collective

theartsdesk Q&A: Choreographer Akram Khan

Hanna Weibye

Kathak and contemporary dancer talks about flamenco, inspiration, and his last performance piece

theartsdesk Q&A: Choreographer Wayne McGregor

Hanna Weibye

British dance-maker shares his views on creative practice, cognitive neuroscience, and critics

Annie Lennox: The Jazz Singer

Peter Culshaw

Britain's best-selling singer on her new jazz album, Amy Winehouse and existential loneliness

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