thu 06/10/2022

Interviews with leading figures from the arts

'The first thing I do when I wake up is write.' Hilary Mantel, 1952-2022

Jasper Rees

Hilary Mantel, who has died at the age of 70, was a maker of literary history. Wolf Hall, an action-packed 650-page brick of a book about the rise and rise of Thomas Cromwell, won the Man Booker Prize in 2009. Three years later its successor, Bring Up the Bodies, became the first sequel ever to win the prize in its 44-year history.

theartsdesk Q&A: Abel Selaocoe

Tim Cumming

South-African cellist Abel Selaocoe is about to begin his third major concert in London in under a year. As the support artist for kora player Ballake Sissoko and cellist Vincent Segal at the Roundhouse in January, he received a lengthy ovation for his 30 minute set, having demonstrated an uncanny ability to play the audience as dexterously as he plays his cello.

theartsdesk Q&A: Horn player Sarah Willis on...

Graham Rickson

Berlin Philharmonic Horn player Sarah Willis’s Mozart y Mambo caused a stir in 2020, its mixture of Mozart and traditional Cuban music making it a...

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David Nice

He’s the most haunting, at times terrifying Wozzeck I’ve seen, in Richard Jones's Welsh National Opera baked-bean-factory production, and the...

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Hannah Hutchings-Georgiou

“Is she at a pivotal point in her life but unable to pivot…?” Eve, the young heroine of Chloë Ashby’s dazzling debut novel, Wet Paint, asks this...

theartsdesk Q&A: Marc Almond of Soft Cell

Harry Thorfinn-George

The Eighties icon tells how Andy Warhol, Chernobyl, nostalgia and the colour purple inspired the first Soft Cell album in 20 years

10 Questions for Musician Jarboe

Guy Oddy

'skin blood women roses', collaboration and the secret to excellent hearing

William Hurt, great Hollywood contrarian, has died at 71

Jasper Rees

A string of brilliant performances cemented his place as a great face of 1980s cinema

The unexpurgated Clement Crisp - in memoriam

Ismene Brown

The titan of ballet critics, who has died at 95, once agreed to be grilled - with scorching results

10 Questions for filmmaker Romola Garai

Graham Fuller

The star’s macabre directorial debut 'Amulet' is fuelled by anger

10 Questions for musician and DJ Pete Tong

India Lewis

On his latest EP and his musical life thus far

theartsdesk Q&A: jazz musician Charles Lloyd

Nick Hasted

Jazz Zelig’s long, strange trip from Howlin’ Wolf to Norah Jones

theartsdesk Q&A: Low, the band - 'Structure is key in minimalism. Especially in pop minimalism'

Kieron Tyler

Mimi Parker and Alan Sparhawk reveal their thoughts about recent album ‘Hey What’ and offer a gardening tip

'A nun destroyed my tent': artist Kate Daudy talks about NFTs, refugees, and having her work thrown out with the trash

Jessica Baldwin

The artist's first 'Non-Fungible Token' goes live as part of a new online exhibition

Documenting the unimaginable: photographer Sebastião Salgado talks about climate change, dodging caimans and changing perspectives

Rachel Halliburton

How does Western behaviour risk turning the Amazonian paradise into a hell?

RIP dancer and photographer Colin Jones - obituary

Ismene Brown

Dubbed the George Orwell of photojournalism, Jones married Lynn Seymour

10 Questions for writer Lucia Osborne-Crowley

Jessica Payn

The author of 'My Body Keeps Your Secrets' on trauma, shame and community

theartsdesk Q&A: filmmaker Marco Kreuzpaintner

Adam Sweeting

What his new film 'The Collini Case' says about Germany, the Nazis, justice and the law

theartsdesk Q&A: writer and comedian Tom Davis

Adam Sweeting

From singing Disney songs in drag to 'Murder in Successville' and BBC One's 'King Gary'

10 Questions for novelist Mieko Kawakami

Izzy Smith

Assaying 'Heaven' - the Japanese writer on childhood, vulnerability, and violence as a complement to beauty

10 Questions for Bobby Gillespie of Primal Scream

Thomas H Green

The singer talks concept albums, Mary Chain days, and his new music with singer Jehnny Beth

theartsdesk Q&A: choreographer Christopher Scott

Jenny Gilbert

The creator of the sizzling dance scenes for 'In The Heights' on how they came about

theartsdesk Q&A: composer and conductor Carl Davis

Graham Rickson

The silent film specialist on shot lists, bass drums and the perils of projection speeds

Singer-songwriter Peggy Seeger: still in the vanguard of her musical dynasty

Liz Thomson

A member of America's great musical clan, Peggy Seeger has been a fixture on the British folk scene for more than 60 years

Filmmaker Darius Marder: 'Deafness is a culture. That's not being PC'

Owen Richards

Writer and director on Sound of Metal's long journey from concept to award nominations

theartsdesk Q&A: Author Sam Mills on the phenomenon of the 'chauvo-feminist'

CP Hunter

The novelist and non-fiction writer discusses #MeToo and her latest long-form essay

theartsdesk Q&A: conductor Klaus Mäkelä

David Nice

Balancing freedom and control in Oslo and Paris

10 Questions for Vocalist-Lyricist Georgia Mancio

Sebastian Scotney

Portraying beauty, dignity and hope - and love, joy and sadness - in song

theartsdesk Q&A: Daryl Hall

Owen Richards

Legendary singer-songwriter talks recording, vaccines and reaching a billion streams

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