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  • Coventry really rocked when the Who dunnit | Letters December 13, 2017
    It’s going to be UK city of culture in 2021, but Stephen Battersby has happy memories of the Lanchester arts festival in the 1960sJohn Green refers to Coventry’s cultural history since the second world war (Letters, 11 December) but omits to mention one aspect of the city’s history. As a student there at the end […]
  • Poetry Pharmacy webchat: Feeling blue? Could a poem be the answer? Ask William Sieghart December 13, 2017
    Are you lonely, nervous about Christmas or frustrated with relatives? William Sieghart of the much-loved Poetry Pharmacy will be in to prescribe you a poem for your problems on Friday 15 December at 1pm GMT. Post your requests in the comments below 1.09pm GMT One day as he was crossing a street, National Poetry Day […]
  • Lyon's festival of lights – in pictures December 11, 2017
    Lyon’s Fête des Lumières is the world’s largest visual arts festival. It takes place every year around 8 December for four nights. The festival attracts millions of visitors from all over the world to see the visual creations by artists. This year there are 76 installations Continue reading...
    Alicia Canter for the Guardian
  • Recalling Coventry’s great cultural heyday | Letters December 10, 2017
    John Green remembers growing up in Coventry after the war when world-famous artists and architects flocked to the city. And Ian Joyce wonders why a replica of Frank Whittle’s first jet aircraft adorns a Lutterworth traffic islandCoventry well deserves to be Britain’s city of culture for 2021 (Report, 9 December). After rising phoenix-like from the […]
  • Why I love Coventry, winner of the 2021 UK city of culture | Helen Jones December 9, 2017
    The place I grew up in gave us Lady Godiva and the Specials; it has ancient spires and modern buildings, history, creativity, and above all, heart True blue. It means to be loyal, steadfast, unwavering in friendship and commitment. Hardly surprising, then, that the phrase originated in Coventry. The city has always stood behind its […]
    Helen Jones
  • Coventry: from Ghost Town to city of culture December 8, 2017
    A lot has changed in the 40 years since the Specials reached No 1 with their song about the city’s demiseIn 1981 the Specials mourned that as post-industrial demise gripped Coventry it was becoming “like a ghost town” where “Bands won’t play no more/Too much fighting on the dance floor.” But 40 years on, the […]
    Alexandra Topping and Jamie Grierson
  • Coventry named UK city of culture 2021 December 7, 2017
    West Midlands city sees off competition from Paisley, Stoke-on-Trent, Sunderland and Swansea to take titleCoventry has been named the UK’s city of culture for 2021, giving it a one-off opportunity to boost the economy, tourism, civic pride and access to the arts – but also, its backers hope, a chance to be in the limelight […]
    Mark Brown Arts correspondent
  • UK city of culture 2021: five contenders wait to hear if they have won December 6, 2017
    Stoke-on-Trent, Swansea, Sunderland, Coventry and Paisley all hope for economic boost from statusOne of five shortlisted cities will be named as the UK’s first cultural hotspot since the Brexit vote on Thursday, with each contender hoping UK city of culture status for 2021 comes with an economic boost. Stoke-on-Trent, home of the potteries, is up […]
    Richard Partington Economics correspondent
  • The sound of mega orgasms: the female composers taking music into intimate places December 6, 2017
    A soundtrack to an erotic feminist film, the crunch of crisps in your own mouth, a composition for ‘strap-on and electric guitar’ … meet the women who are making music and telling stories on their own termsIn the early 1990s, the accordionist and musical improviser Pauline Oliveros wrote the soundtrack for a feminist porn film […]
    Kate Molleson
  • Wes Anderson's Isle of Dogs to open Berlin film festival December 4, 2017
    Anderson’s stop-motion animation – featuring the voices of Bryan Cranston and Tilda Swinton – will premiere in Berlin in February 2018Wes Anderson’s stop-motion animation film Isle of Dogs is to receive its world premiere at the Berlin film festival on 15 February 2018, it has been announced.Set in a dystopian future Japan in which all […]
    Andrew Pulver